Massive wind gusts blow train off bridge in New Orleans

It's still unclear whether anyone was injured.


Eric Geller

Internet Culture

Published Apr 27, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 11:39 pm CDT

Wind gusts so strong that they prompted a severe-weather alert have already swept a train off a bridge in New Orleans.

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As southeastern Louisiana braced for 55-mile-per-hour winds and the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning alert, photos appeared on Twitter showing several train cars lying in the rain-soaked grass next to Huey P. Long Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River.

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The NWS issued its alert for the New Orleans area at approximately 11:19 a.m. local time and said the warning was in effect for up to three hours.

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“A wake low has developed bringing damaging wind gusts over portions of Southeast Louisiana,” the weather service announced, referring to a region of low atmospheric pressure that frequently creates severe weather. “Already [there are] numerous gusts near 50 to 55mph with Trees Coming Down.”

Update 4:29pm CT, April 27: Here’s some terrifying footage of the accident. So far, no injuries have been reported.

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Photo via New Orleans Advocate/Twitter

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*First Published: Apr 27, 2015, 1:46 pm CDT