The number of Entergy customers without power in Kenner has climbed to 10,000, while the number for Jefferson Parish stands at about 26,000.
Kenner Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Doug Dodt there have been no reports in Kenner of any funnel clouds. Still, the city warned there is still a chance for more severe weather with a tornado watch in effect until 1 p.m. and a high-wind warning until 2 p.m.
“We have a number of power poles and trees knocked down and that accounts for the bulk of the power outages,” he said. “In some cases, the trees and poles are blocking streets and workers are heading to those areas.”
Dennis St. Lawrence said his home at 3564 Tulane Drive had the front portion of the roof torn off and he lost part of his ceiling as well.
While there were early rumors of a tornado Monday morning, St. Lawrence said the damage was caused by a very strong gust of wind.
He had to wait until the wind died down before putting up tarp with the help of a neighbor.
The storm wreaked havoc on local travel plans, with 69 delays and 52 cancellations in and out of Louis Armstrong International Airportas of 4:45 p.m. and spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said passengers are encouraged to check with their particular airline on flight status before coming to the airport, which has been without full commercial power since 10:40 a.m.
With the main electrical feed to the airport out, partial commercial power has been restored to the west side through an alternate feed, while the east terminal is operating on generator power and is experiencing intermittent outages.
The city of Kenner reported that most of the wind damage is in west-central areas of the city, including University City, the Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner and the Wal-Mart store, Dodt.
Outages were also reported in southwest Kenner, near the Pontchartrain Center in Laketown and in the Westgate subdivision. The storm dropped up to 1.5 inches of rain in about an hour in most of Kenner, causing some scattered street flooding, Dodt said.
The Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, which lost power at about 10:45 a.m. announced just before noon that parents can pick up their children at the horseshoe. School buses also are arriving to take children from campus.