Gray Sky Event: Tornado Tears Across New Orleans

Just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, a fast moving tornado touched down in the New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward and began devastating parishes. Several houses collapsed and many were pulled right from their foundations.  It moved into eastern New Orleans and the St. Bernard Parish, areas that were also hard hit by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

As of Wednesday morning, thousands of homes and businesses were without power and two deaths from this catastrophic event were reported. Debris covers multiple areas and emergency managers and contractors are moving quickly to help those in critical need.

Our planes were able to quickly get in the air Wednesday morning and begin collecting the areas most heavily impacted by the tornado. GIC members are able to access this imagery online via Viewer to remotely inspect and better assess damage to their customers. Below is a gallery of images showcasing the devastation, including some before/after comparisons.