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Huey P. Long Bridge: Train Cars Blown Off Bridge in Severe Storm

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 05:42 PM

Severe storms in Louisiana pushed nearly a dozen train cars off the Huey P. Long Bridge outside New Orleans on Monday morning and left 200,000 homes and businesses without power.

Initial reports were unclear about the number of Union Pacific railroad cars that toppled off the approach to the bridge, but WDSU reported that around 12 shipping containers fell.

WDSU reported that the train cars were not carrying any hazardous materials, but people have been cautioned to stay away from the area because of high waters and downed power lines.

The storm knocked out power to New Orleans International Airport.

Winds up to 70 miles per hour were reported in the storm, and photos online showed its severity.





Accuweather said some tornado activity was reported near the New Orleans Naval Air Station during the mid-morning.

The storms were part of the same system that roared through Texas during the night and into the morning hours. More stormy weather is expected in Texas and in parts of Louisiana Monday evening.

"Storms will erupt over central and coastal Texas into Monday night," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity. The areas affected in Louisiana will be Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Lafayette.



WGNO obtained exclusive footage of the train cars falling.



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