Confirmed EF-1 tornado struck Mandeville during Sunday night's storms

No injuries have been reported, but the Mandeville Police Department is responding to several reports of downed trees after Sunday night's storms.

Author: WWL Staff

Published: 5:28 AM CDT April 20, 2020

Updated: 12:20 PM CDT April 20, 2020

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — The weather event that downed several trees and power lines and caused significant property damage in Mandeville Sunday night was an EF-1 tornado, the National Weather Service confirms.

According to NWS Meteorologist Phil Grigsby, the damage around Old Mandeville was caused by a low end EF-1 tornado, with winds ranging from 86-110 mph. It developed from Sunday night's strong line of storms that rolled over Southeast Louisiana and in to Mississippi.

The Mandeville Police Department posted photos of the damage after the storms moved through the Northshore between 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Officials said no injuries had been reported but both the department and public works were responding to several calls of downed trees and property damage.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch for the area ahead of the storms this weekend, calling for winds more than 60 mph and hail in certain places. They classified the damage in Mandeville as "possible tornado damage." 

MPD officials said the main affected areas in Mandeville were around Monroe and Messina streets to Galvez and Park streets.  

Cleco's online outage map showed about 40 people were without power in the area as of Monday morning. 

There were not any other immediate details about the track, width or other characteristics of the tornado from the NWS. That information will be released later Monday or tomorrow.  

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