Over the past month, New Orleans has endured some heavy spring rainstorms coupled with tornado warnings. Even Jazz Fest — the city’s most popular event besides Carnival — ended about an hour early on Friday night after producers made the call to shut it down due to severe lightning and thunderstorms.
However, the latest weather was so torrential that it caused nearly a dozen shipping containers and train cars to be blown off elevated tracks of the Huey P. Long Bridge just outside the city. A local news crew caught it on film, and it’s terrifying. Luckily no one was hurt, and none of the cars contained hazardous material.
According to WGNO-TV:
It happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday in Elmwood behind the Raising Cane’s restaurant on South Clearview Parkway and Bloomfield Street.
Nancy Stoltz, with the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, said the Union Pacific train was traveling about 4 mph when winds knocked the containers off the bridge.
It could have been worse, but I’m not sure if anyone will ever be able to drive over that bridge again without being completely petrified.