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Louisiana tornadoes leave 3 people dead, several injured: Officials

Tornadoes have killed three people, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services.

“A 56-year-old [woman] in St. Charles Parish died after a tornado destroyed her home in the Killona area,” the department tweeted, bringing the total number of confirmed storm-related deaths to three.

The woman was found outside her home and authorities have not yet confirmed her cause of death, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said.

Several other people are seeking treatment at St. Charles Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Champagne said.

Authorities believe a tornado made landfall at 2:21 p.m. near Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility in Killona, ​​St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell said. The tornado then moved north toward Montz, with preliminary damage studies indicating the worst damage is in Killona, ​​Jewell said.

“This community was hit really hard during Ida,” Champagne said. “You didn’t need that again.”

At least 15 to 20 families in Killona have had their homes damaged by the storm, Jewell said.

The sheriff on Wednesday called the storm “terrific and violent” as authorities continue search and rescue efforts. “You just can’t take a break,” he said.

A woman and her 8-year-old son were also killed when a tornado swept through their town on Tuesday, officials said.

The body of Yoshiko Smith, 30, was found among debris one street down from her destroyed Keithville home in Caddo Parish, according to the sheriff’s office and coroner.

The body of her son, Nikolus Little, was found in a wooded area near her home, officials said.

Both were killed by blunt force trauma, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. No other deaths were reported.

At least one person was killed and several others injured Wednesday afternoon after a possible tornado struck west of New Orleans, a local official said.

These deadly tornadoes were among at least 24 reported twisters in the south as of Tuesday afternoon. More tornadoes are expected on Wednesday as the storm moves east.

Nearly 45,000 customers are without power, according to energy company Entergy.

Officials from the community of St. Bernard, east of the French Quarter, confirmed a tornado made landfall in Arabi and caused significant damage. The police and fire brigade assessed the damage.

ABC News’ Victoria Arancio, Christopher Looft, Emily Shapiro, Ahmad Hemingway, Max Golembo, and Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.

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