Tornado throws house with girl in wheelchair onto street


The storm threw the home off its piers and into the middle of the street (Picture: AP)

A violent tornado threw a house containing an entire family into the street when it barrelled through Louisiana.

The storm ripped the one-story home from its cinderblock piers in a suburb of New Orleans.

Neighbors spotted an empty wheelchair on the curb, prompting a search for the owner – a disabled girl who needs a respirator.

She was still in the house after her parents escaped the rubble.

Witness Chuck Heirsch dialed 911 after seeing the family frantically trying to get to their daughter.

He said: ‘I saw the house and I saw my neighbor trying to get his daughter out of there.

‘They were screaming. His wife was hysterical. They were already traumatized from taking that “Wizard of Oz” ride.’


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 23: A person walks past a tornado-damaged home in the Arabi neighborhood on March 23, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two tornados struck New Orleans last night, leaving several neighborhoods damaged and at least one person dead. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

A family was reportedly inside their home when the tornado hit (Picture: Getty)


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 23: Richie Majors and his daughter Lilly walk through their tornado-damaged neighborhood on March 23, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two tornados struck New Orleans last night, leaving several neighborhoods damaged and at least one person dead.. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

People are picking up the pieces from the devastated neighborhood (Picture: Getty)

A team of firefighters and first responders were able to successfully carry the girl out of the house in a blanket.

She was hospitalized but is ‘doing fine,’ according to St Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis.

At least one person died in the tornado Tuesday night, McInnis said.

Authorities said a 26-year-old man who lived in Arabi that was found dead outside of his home.


In this aerial photo, people walk amidst destruction from a tornado that struck on Tuesday night in Arabi, La., Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Residents of severely damaged or destroyed homes in Arabi swept up broken glass and tried to salvage their belongings. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Homes were totally obliterated by the tornado (Picture: AP)


CORRECTS NAME OF HOMEOWNER TO JASON DICKENSON, NOT ERIC DICKERSON - Carrie Fontaine helps salvage belongings from her friend Jason Dickenson's home, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Arabi, La., after a tornado struck the area the night before. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

A woman salvages belongings from her friend’s home in New Orleans, Louisiana (Picture: AP)

His identity and the circumstances of his death have not yet been made public. Several others had been hospitalized and treated for more minor injuries.

A series of serious storms passed through the southern US early this week, hitting the New Orleans area particularly hard on Tuesday.

St Bernard Parish and Arabi were both hit particularly hard by the storm. Much of southern Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Ida, the devastating Category 4 storm that hit the region last August.

The storm front brought heavy rain and powerful winds to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Around 5 million people in the region were under some kind of weather warning at one point, according to the National Weather Service.

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