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New Orleans woman clings to her 8-week-old baby as tornado slings them into the air

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 08/02/2017 Darla Guillen, Houston Chronicle

A New Orleans mother managed to hold on to her 8-week-old daughter as a tornado tossed them into the air Tuesday.

Amanda Stockfelt was working at an impound lot near NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility when a storm began ravaging the area. She heard the sounds of an incoming tornado.

"We heard the trailer coming apart and then we flipped over backwards and then it's like the trailer exploded and me and the baby went flying through the air and I saw the sky, the inside of the vortex, I saw her and her car seat above my head and then we hit the ground," Stockfelt told WVUE.

 "Don't let go, just don't let go, that's all I could think about was don't let go. I couldn't think of anything else because I knew if I let go I wouldn't be able to find her."

Scenes of devastation after tornado half a mile wide tears through New Orleans ward hit by Hurricane Katrina: A total of six tornadoes hit the city and other parts of Louisiana, destroying homes and businesses. Scenes of devastation after tornado half a mile wide tears through New Orleans ward hit by Hurricane Katrina Stockfelt is now concerned with replacing what she's lost, but she explained she's also grateful that her daughter is safe. 

"It's just inconceivable. I couldn't imagine, I mean, I'm thinking my job's gone, the only car we had is gone, but she was OK, I was OK, and everything else can be replaced," Stockfelt said. 

At least seven tornadoes struck southeastern Louisiana Tuesday.

Roughly 20 people were injured and 10,000 area residents were left without power.

Gov. John Bel Edward assessed the damage and made a disaster declaration for the 9th Ward. 


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