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Bad weather batters ArkLaTex

Trees and power lines down in Texarkana, AR Trees and power lines down in Texarkana, AR
Storm damage in Tatum, TX (Courtesy: Michael Searcy) Storm damage in Tatum, TX (Courtesy: Michael Searcy)

From Tatum, Texas to Many, Louisiana, severe weather barreled across the ArkLaTex Tuesday night, cutting a path of destruction and debris. 

Storm cells churned out "strong rotations" that simultaneously threatened to spawn tornadoes in Kilgore, Texas and Caspiana at one point. 

The first reports of a tornado touchdown came late Tuesday afternoon from Tatum, in the southwest corner of Rusk County, TX, but the Rusk County Sheriff's Office could only say that a firefighter had also reported spotting a tornado in Tatum. 

That violent storm system charged northeast and into Harrison County, passing just south of Marshall.  At least one home on FM 2625 near Blocker Road was heavily damaged by the powerful winds it brought. 

KSLA News 12's Erin Stevenson says it's too early to tell whether those winds were the product of a tornado or straight line winds.  But even in the dark, Stevenson says she could clearly see path of destruction.

In Louisiana, StormTracker 12 weather spotter Shane Taylor reported a tornado touchdown in Shongaloo in Webster Parish.  Debris clouds big enough to show up on radar indicated possible tornados may have touched in Blanchard and Belcher in northern Caddo Parish. 

The sun is likely to rise on significant damage in south Caddo Parish and northern DeSoto Parish as well, including in Grand Cane to the north. 

Wednesday promises to be a busy day for both property owners and the National Weather Services as they begin to assess the damage. 

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