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Tornado kills 2 in Lincoln Parish, heavy damage in Ruston Louisiana


A mother and son in northern Louisiana were killed by a tree that fell on their home during a tornado that tore through the area.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said the fatalities occurred in a house near the Pizza Hut restaurant just off of Interstate 20.

Mike Steele is communications director for Louisiana’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and said those were currently the only two known deaths in Louisiana from the storm. But he said rescue workers were still combing through the area. He could not give their names or ages.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross says it appears the tornado cut a track over 130 miles (209 kilometers) from eastern Texas to the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

There is evidence of severe damage to Hwy 1-67 near Pizza Hut as well as a gas station. We’ve also gotten word that there was damage to the Louisiana Tech baseball field as well as reports of more damage to campus housing and apartments.

Power is out all across the city. There are multiple roads blocked near Interstate 20 due to debris as well as power lines down in the area. 

Governor Edwards sent out this tweet this morning.

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