A tornado touched down in east New Orleans, Louisiana today, destroying homes and businesses and injuring dozens.nola.com reports that the National Weather Service currently estimates 26 people injured and 60 homes and businesses heavily damaged after the tornado which bore down on New Orleans East just after 12 p.m. today.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is asking for donations to aid tornado victims. The agency made the following plea on its website today:

Tornadoes have caused widespread damage throughout our region, destroying homes and businesses. Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time, money, and is more than just brick and mortar. United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) and its supported programs with nonprofit Community Impact Partner Agencies can provide food, clothing, counseling and other services to make people whole.

UWSELA Board of Trustees Chair Charles Rice, President Entergy New Orleans, says “You can join United Way to help those in need weather this latest Louisiana disaster. Together, we can ensure that those with the least among us and those that face challenges like never before, do not suffer.  Rather, they find stability and comfort in a community that cares for its fellow citizens."

Click HERE to donate to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's tornado relief fund.

You can also help those affected by the tornado by making a donation to the American Red Cross. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 contribution now.