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Early Thursday storms cause power outages, property damage

Severe storms that moved through the Ark-La-Tex early Thursday morning left behind damaged homes and cars, and knocked out power to over 60,000 Ark-La-Tex residents.

Electric Company SWEPCO said they went from a high of 64,200 outages to just over 40,000 by 9 a.m. As of Thursday at 2:30 p.m., that number was down to 16,000. The majority of problems are in Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto Parishes and Gregg County. Visit SWEPCO's website for the latest outage numbers.

Many of those without power also suffered damage to their homes from falling trees and high winds. The loud crash that Shreveport's Ebony Hill heard at her Fairway Street home early Thursday morning was a tree coming down on her home and her car.

"The first noise (was the tree) shattering my back window," Hill said. "So then I got up to go ahead and get out of the house. The next noise I heard, I looked outside and my car was gone, and so I got real scared called my mom and friend and I'm just trying to get out of here."

Hill was not injured during the storm.

At the corner of Jordan Street and Southern Avenue in Shreveport, a multi-story building owned by Christus-Schumpert Health Systems had bricks blown off, which fell and damaged an awning and security fence.

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