Series of eight tornadoes injure at least two dozen, no fatalities reported

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Eight tornadoes touched down in New Orleans and surrounding communities on Tuesday, injuring at least two dozen people.

Many homes and businesses were damaged, but no deaths have been reported as a result of the storm. 

Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and said he plans to travel to southeastern Louisiana to survey the destruction left behind by the storms.

Tulane President Michael Fitts sent an email out on Wednesday to the Tulane community. Students received a series of tornado warnings throughout the day, urging them to take shelter and wait for the storm to pass before attending classes.

According to Fitts, none of Tulane’s campuses were damaged in the storm. In the email, he said that at least one Tulane employee’s home was destroyed and another sustained damages. Aside from determining ways to help these employees, Fitts said Tulane is also assessing how to help community neighbors who were impacted by this storm.

“We are grateful to the many Tulane friends and family members from around the country who called and wrote to check on us during and after the storm,” Fitts said in the email. “The weather can change in an instant, but one constant is the care and concern the Tulane family has for one another.”