Severe Storms Prove Fatal In Louisiana And Texas

Jan 13, 2020

TORNADO DAMAGE - Overturned vehicle near Davis Road near Haughton, Louisiana where an EF-2 tornado touched down 01/11/20.
Credit Courtesy: Bill Davis - BPSO

STORM AFTERMATH – Portions of the Red River Radio listening area were impacted by the severe storms which pushed through late Friday and into the early morning hours Saturday. The  weather claimed four lives in our area: one  in Caddo parish in Oil City, two in  Bossier parish and a third person near Nacogdoches.   The National Weather Service  reports  that  a  tornado  struck  near Haughton with  winds  estimated  at 135 mph.  It killed an elderly couple as their mobile home was blown off its foundation and completely destroyed.  The other fatalities were the result of trees falling in homes.  Another weaker tornado struck in Nacogdoches county, in Texas  resulting  in a death there.    The  storm  resulted in multiple road closures  and, at the peak, left about 29,300 customers without power.  Extensive damage 

BLOWN OFF FOUNDATION - Remains of a mobile home that was blown off foundation by tornado in Haughton, LA resulting in two deaths.
Credit Courtesy: Bill Davis - BPSO

was reported in multiple parts of Louisiana and Texas.  The Benton Middle School sustained severe damage as the roof covering four classrooms was blown away.  According to a press release – Classes have been canceled for all Benton Middle School students as cleanup and repairs are underway, classes are expected to resume Tuesday.

ARKANSAS MOSTLY SPARED - In Southern Ark., residents in Union County avoided the most severe weather from storms that moved through  early Saturday morning. The high winds and heavy rain did result in power outages  and  several downed trees throughout the county.  According to an Entergy spokesman:  approximately 2,600  customers  lost  power in the El Dorado/Camden area but most have since had power restored.