SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service in Shreveport are headed out to Bossier and Webster Friday to determine whether widespread damage wrought by overnight storms was caused by straight-line winds or possible tornado.
The storms that made their way through the ArkLaTex early Thursday morning left roads closed, trees downed, and thousands of power outages in their wake.
While there were no reports of widespread injuries, a Bossier City woman says her two-year-old granddaughter was injured when a tree crashed through the living room of their home on Broadway Drive in Green Acres. The little girl was taken to Willis Knighton by first responders where she was given stitches because of a cut to her forehead.
A shed behind Agape Faith Christian Fellowship church one block over in the same neighborhood was also destroyed, leaving stored property and supplies strewn and exposed.
In Minden, the city is warning that power could be out for several days for some customers.
Photos and videos posted to the city’s Facebook page show numerous trees and downed power lines, along with warnings to be cautious as patient as crews work to restore power and reopen roads.
As of late Friday morning, SWEPCO was reporting just under 12,000 power outages across its coverage area, which includes all of Northwest Louisiana as well as Grant, Vernon, and Winn Parish.
That’s down from more than 28,600 at the peak of the outages. More than 5,800 remain without power in Bossier Parish, down from more than 13,000 earlier in the morning. Another customers are experiencing outages 4,000 in Caddo, down from 8,000 earlier in the morning. In Webster Parish, SWEPCO is reporting 321 outages and Entergy is reporting 265 outages.
Another 1,200 customers in SWEPCO’s East Texas coverage area are also still without power.
The following are estimated times of restoration, according to SWEPCO. Estimates are for 95% of customers who can take power. Many customers’ power will be restored sooner.
- Shreveport District – 3 p.m. Sunday
- Hornbeck – 6 p.m. today (Friday)
- Mansfield and Natchitoches – 10 p.m. today (Friday)
- Longview and Marshall – 10 p.m. today (Friday)