Funnel cloud forms over French Quarter in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Severe weather moved across Lake Pontchartrain and sat over the Big Easy on Thursday afternoon.
Intense lightning and heavy rain came with the storm. WWL-TV even posted an image of a funnel cloud forming above the French Quarter.
More than 10,000 customers were without power in various neighborhoods throughout the New Orleans area. More than two inches of rain fell in just 40 minutes in Slidell, according to the National Weather Service.
WWL-TV reported wind gusts greater than 60 mph along with hundreds of lightning strikes and the potential for hail and flooding rain.
Close to where the funnel cloud was spotted, reports of a collapsed house emerged.
Collapsed house @ St. Philip and N. Claiborne streets pic.twitter.com/zF3U577HHG— WWL-TV (@WWLTV) August 4, 2016
The storm cell associated with the severe weather in New Orleans is headed westward and is expected to impact Baton Rouge at around 7 p.m., according to News 2's Pat Shingleton.