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About 7,000 still without power in Metro New Orleans, mostly those exposed to a tornado

About 7,000 homes and businesses in the New Orleans area were still without power Thursday morning after the previous day’s storms, including a tornado that cut a swath of destruction through the West Bank at Gretna and Marrero and into Arabi and into the Lower Ninth Ward.

At the height of the outages after storms swept through the state on Wednesday, Entergy said 47,000 of its customers were without power. It may be another day before some of those most affected regain their power.

“Power is expected to be restored for most customers who are able to accept late-night electricity service, with some customers in the hardest-hit locations possibly being restored tomorrow,” Entergy said in a statement late Thursday morning . “Estimated restoration times may be adjusted as more information becomes available through damage assessment and as work in the field progresses throughout the day.”

Entergy’s outage map showed that the areas still affected were closely tracking the path of the tornado in the metro area. Most of those that still had no power were along the tornado, from Gretna and Marrero to Arabi and the Lower Ninth Ward.

Across Louisiana, the hardest-hit areas were the communities of Tangipahoa, St. Bernard and Terrebonne, and the New Iberia area.

Tornadoes have been reported to have landed in several parishes, causing widespread damage and several deaths and injuries. A tornado that struck the community of St. Charles killed one and injured 8; Another tornado in New Iberia caused extensive damage, injuring three.

Entergy’s Thursday morning damage report said infrastructure along the tornadic path in the metro area had been “significantly damaged”. It said around 80 distribution and transmission teams were currently busy with restoration efforts.

The company said 120 pylons and 20 transformers were damaged, along with dozens of “trusses” and spans of wire.

Meanwhile, Cleco said Thursday that all but about two dozen customers had their power restored.

On Wednesday, Cleco — which has about 300,000 customers in Louisiana — reported that about 3,400 were without power, most of whom were in the community of St. Tammany and around New Iberia.

“There was significant damage at St. Tammany, but it appears most power has been restored to Cleco customers,” Cleco spokeswoman Fran Phoenix said Thursday.

See the current outage status via Entergy.

Check out the latest outage updates from Cleco.

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