Mother, son killed during tornado in Ruston

Mother, son killed during tornado in Ruston

RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - A mother and her son were killed during a tornado early Thursday morning in Ruston. The information was confirmed by Mayor Ronny Walker.

The National Weather Service deployed two damage survey teams in Ruston and in Downsville, the latter of which straddles Lincoln and Union parishes. Another team will be sent to San Augustine, Texas.

Christian Piekos KSLA is in Ruston as crews work tirelessly to pick up the pieces after a possible tornado. More on KSLA News 12 at 9. » https://bit.ly/2PwBiqA

Posted by KSLA News 12 on Thursday, April 25, 2019

A storm traveled more than 100 miles as it strengthened and weakened multiple times overnight across the ArkLaTex.

The storm exited the area leaving behind damage in multiple parishes that were placed under tornado warnings.

As the storm moved into Northwest Louisiana, areas near Converse were struck by a possible tornado.

Storm damage reports coming out of Converse

The storm then kept moving northeast through DeSoto, Red River, Natchitoches and Bienville parishes.

It then moved into Lincoln Parish, where it again gained strength.

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office reported damage to multiple homes southwest of the Louisiana Tech campus. Deputies and other first responders are performing rescues at this time.

In DeSoto Parish, a tree fell on one car on Louisiana Highway 175, according to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. One person was injured.

Tornado Damage Ruston, La Louisiana Tech

A long tracked tornado or series of tornadoes hit several towns in Texas and Louisiana. None harder than the City of Ruston, La where numerous buildings and homes were completely destroyed. The La Tech campus was also hit doing significant damage to the baseball field.

Posted by WXChasing on Thursday, April 25, 2019

SWEPCO has reported several hundred power outages across the ArkLaTex as well.

LaTech’s Les Guice is advising people to stay off the roads at this time. Classes are canceled for Thursday, April 25.

A tweet by the college says no students on campus were injured. Anyone who does not live on campus is asked not to come. Employees considered essential will be asked to come to work by their supervisor.

Officials want to remind parents that because of a high volume of calls in the area, some students may not be reachable at the moment.

Crews to begin clean up following storms

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