The Times-Picayune in New Orleans has reported on a storm that brought strong winds, lightning and power outages to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The source said that thousands of residents in the city area had no power as of Tuesday evening and that the number of large trees posed a particular threat to neighboring homes, especially in the face of the accompanying winds. Power outages were seen in several parishes throughout the state as well, though power companies officials said most of these would be fixed by Wednesday.
One of the most notable winds produced by the storm occurred around the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus, which saw some of its local historic trees knocked over. Preliminary information from the National Weather Service suggests that there may have been a tornado in the area near Pierre Part.
Meteorologist Christopher Brannan described the path of the wind using local landmarks.
"It looks like the strongest winds crossed over the river then went through LSU, crossed Lee Drive, over Perkins Road, Essen Lane, across Bluebonnet Boulevard over the interstate, crossed Jefferson and Airline into the Tiger Bend and Shenandoah area," he said. The source also quoted a state climatologist who described the damage as "incredibly widespread."
Whether or not the high winds are produced by a tornado, homes and other buildings were exposed to wind-related damage, like the falling trees in this case. Some trees were reported as being uprooted completely. Winds detected at LSU reached 60 miles per hour, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
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