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Severe weather update: Red Cross to open shelter in South Shreveport

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Cots have been set up at a Red Cross shelter opened Thursday night for storm victims at the Grace United Methodist Church at 9400 Ellerbe Road in Shreveport. Cots have been set up at a Red Cross shelter opened Thursday night for storm victims at the Grace United Methodist Church at 9400 Ellerbe Road in Shreveport.
A couple had to be rescued from their mobile home at the Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park on Buncombe Road, after a tree came smashing down. A couple had to be rescued from their mobile home at the Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park on Buncombe Road, after a tree came smashing down.
In Bossier Parish, students in both South and North Bossier were brought back in from the buses as the severe weather approached, out of concern for their safety. In Bossier Parish, students in both South and North Bossier were brought back in from the buses as the severe weather approached, out of concern for their safety.
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High winds knocked the canopy over at the Valero at the intersection of Hwy 59 and Hwy 80 in Marshall. High winds knocked the canopy over at the Valero at the intersection of Hwy 59 and Hwy 80 in Marshall.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Northwest Louisiana American Red Cross has opened a shelter in South Shreveport for those affected by Thursday afternoon's storms.

The shelter was originally expected to open at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church on Crabapple Drive, but plans changed when the building lost power.

The new shelter location, opened at 7:30 p.m., will be at the Grace United Methodist Church at 9400 Ellerbe Road in Shreveport. Volunteers expected several would show up seeking shelter Thursday night.

The Red Cross deployed damage assessment teams to get a feel for damage in the wake of the storms that passed over area, starting in the Buncombe Road area, and determined that a shelter was needed.

A couple had to be rescued from their mobile home at the Blue Ridge Mobile Home Park on Buncombe Road, after a tree came smashing down. They have been taken to the hospital.

Winds tore the roof off of the Mid Content Inn in Greenwood, sending debris into the parking lot and partially blocking one lane of Greenwood Road. There was also damage to Kelly's Truck Stop next door. No injuries have been reported. There are some road closures in the area, however. There is a tree down on Hwy 79 and Hwy 80. Traffic is down to one lane at 70th and Kimberly Rd.

In East Texas, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office has received notification from the National Weather Service that there was an "indication" of a tornado that caused damage in the Waskom, Elysian Fields and Greenwood areas, but there has been NO confirmation yet.

Some damage has been reported along Hwy 9 in Harrison County after strong storms moved through Waskom. Both Waskom PD and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office are gathering damage reports.

About 80 to 100 students from schools in the North DeSoto area couldn't be bused to their homes this afternoon because of storm conditions, according to Willie Jones, Dir. Of Transportation for DeSoto Parish Schools. The students were returned to North DeSoto K-12, where they waited in the cafeteria for parents to pick them up.

Students in Caddo and Bossier Parish also sheltered in place to wait out severe weather and tornado warnings in the area this afternoon.

In Bossier Parish, students in both South and North Bossier were brought back in from the buses as the severe weather approached, out of concern for their safety.

They waited out the threat in the hallways. Both Caddo and Bossier schools have since released the students to their parents.

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