Storms bring damaging winds, power outages to ArkLaTex


3:30 a.m.: Deputies are responding to reports of trees down on homes in the Haughton area near Oliver Road and James Lane, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. That’s the area where radar indicated debris suggesting a tornado touched down just before 1:30 a.m.

There have been no reports of any serious injuries.

The storms also brought trees and power lines down at various locations throughout the parish. BPSO says Highway 3 from Burt Blvd. to Highway 162 is closed while Bossier deputies and Benton officers work to remove a live wire from the roadway.

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The sheriff’s office says deputies and crews are moving trees from roadways as quickly as they can. They are also responding to alarm calls, primarily as power flickered and went out at homes and businesses.

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There are also high water on some roads, and drivers are urged to use caution.

2:25 a.m.: The severe weather threat has passed for Shreveport and Bossier. There are no Tornado Warnings currently in effect in the ArkLaTex.

2:00 a.m.: Some flash flooding is reported at several of the usual areas that tend to flood around Shreveport. This includes the Stoner area as well as the underpass at Hearne and Midway, where cars are sitting in it. W. 70th St. and Union is underwater, as is the North Common underpass and the 2000 block of Grimmet.

Power lines are also reported to be down across North Market at North Hearne.

1:30 a.m.: Nearly 2,000 customers reported without power in Bossier Parish, where radar indicated rotation and a debris signature near Haughton, suggesting a tornado on the ground.

1:00 a.m.: The line of storms is now well into the ArkLaTex, bringing damaging winds and Tornado Warnings. Gusts of 45-55 mph reported in the Shreveport metro area.

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Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph have been reported in East Texas and have the potential to surpass 70 mph, which are comparable to hurricane-force winds.

The line of storms continues to move into the NW part of the ArkLaTex. A Tornado Watch continues until 2 a.m. ahead of the line. Locations behind the line will soon be dropped from the watch.

So far the biggest issue has been flash flooding along the line. The line will continue to move east overnight and still poses a wind and tornado threat. Stay tuned for live coverage above.

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Potential storm impacts

The biggest concern with tonight’s severe weather outbreak will be the potential for some widespread straight-line wind damage. Embedded with the line that will move through could be large areas where wind gusts possibly exceed 80 mph. This could result in widespread power outages in areas affected. The next biggest concern will be the possible tornadoes from discrete cells ahead of the line and embedded within the line. Heavy rain could become an issue and produce flash flooding. Any flooding issues should be rather isolated and probably confined to the northern edge of the area. Finally, hail will be possible with one or two reports of quarter-sized hail possible.

You can see in the loop from Futurecast below that it is quite possible that we could see some discrete cells form out ahead of the main line. If we are going to have any strong tornadoes, these would most likely be where they would form.

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