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NWS confirms tornado in western Louisiana

Damage along a five mile path in Plain Dealing. (Source: KLTV Staff) Damage along a five mile path in Plain Dealing. (Source: KLTV Staff)

The National Weather service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down just west of Plain Dealing, LA. The tornado cut a path from Buckshot Road to Rat Terrier Lane, crossing Highway 537 around 3 a.m.

Over a dozen homes were damaged by winds and falling trees.

From the air it was easy follow the path of destruction. Snapped trees show where the tornado started on the west side of the Red River. The twister crossed the river moving east. Although there aren’t that many homes in the area, the tornado managed to find about a dozen of them.

The National Weather Service out of Shreveport says an EF-2 tornado has winds of around 120 miles per hour. They say it was enough wind for their radar to pick up a debris ball, which shows debris carried by a tornado. Many people were sleeping when it hit.

“We took off running and we grabbed our little girl Zoe and took off and ran through the house. Probably about five or six seconds later, that tree came through, and where this window was, we were in a closet beside the window,” a survivor said.

Residents say the sound of the wind woke them up.

“I said, 'It’s a tornado.' We heard it roaring. Rick and I got up and ran into the bathroom. I raised my hands and started speaking Psalms 91over us. That’s the protection chapter. The Lord just spared us. That’s all I can say because it was right there,” said Judy Blaylock, who lives on Buckshot Road.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department brought in two busloads of trustys from the Bossier Parish Detention center to help clear debris.

It’s hard to believe in all the destruction only one injury was reported. The National Weather Service was on scene most of the day surveying the damage and looking for proof of a tornado along the five-mile path, and they found it. It wasn’t just pine trees that were uprooted and snapped, hardwoods hit houses as well.

It’s surprising that one of the oldest objects in view weathered the storm with no damage visible from the air: a classic car under a car port. And it was parked next to a destroyed log cabin.

Hundreds of people in the Plain Dealing area are without power. SWEPCO crews are working to get the power back on.

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