thunderstorms en Weather alert issued for New Orleans East <p>The National Weather Service has issued an alert for New Orleans East and upper St. Bernard Parish, due to a cluster of strong, slow-moving thunderstorms affecting the area.<br /><br />The storms, located northeast of Chalmette, are moving to the northeast at approximately 5 mph, and packing frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 35 to 45 mph, according to the Weather Service.<br /> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:58:34 +0000 Jason Saul 15370 at