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01/05/07 - New Iberia, La.

2 Killed by Reported Tornado in La.

Two people were dead after reports of tornadoes touching down during a strong cluster of storms in southern Louisiana, authorities said Thursday.

The twisters, which were reported in eastern Iberia Parish just before 4 p.m., tore off roofs and ripped seven mobile homes from their foundation, Sheriff Sid Hebert said. The victims' names were not immediately released.

At least 15 people were taken to area hospitals. Three children who had been reported missing were accounted for by 7 p.m., Hebert said.

The tornado reports came in as a severe band of storms hit the parish. The storms flooded roads and Gov. Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency in the parishes of Acadia, Allen, Sabine and Vermillion.

In New Orleans, crews were dispatched to clean drains and prepare for possible flooding ahead of a weather system that could drop several inches of rain on an area that has been drenched in the past two weeks.

A flash flood watch was in effect for portions of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi through Friday morning. The National Weather Service forecast 2 to 4 inches of rain, with locally heavy amounts possible, creating potential flooding.

While stormy weather this time of year isn't unusual, this latest system comes after two storms that helped bring December's rainfall total in New Orleans to more than 10 inches, nearly twice the normal average.

One of the storms, just before Christmas, caused widespread flooding in parts of the city and neighboring Jefferson Parish, and raised concerns about how well the area, hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, would fare in another hurricane.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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