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.
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.
Damage has been reported in San Augustine County, where a hotel was hit in San Augustine.
As the storm moved into Northwest Louisiana, areas near Converse were struck by a possible tornado.
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.
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.
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.