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Summer storms bring power outages across ArkLaTex

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This tree fell into the middle of the street in the 2800 block of Morningside Drive in Shreveport. This tree fell into the middle of the street in the 2800 block of Morningside Drive in Shreveport.
The arrows point to the line of gust front winds that knocked out power in Caddo and Bossier parishes. The arrows point to the line of gust front winds that knocked out power in Caddo and Bossier parishes.
Shreveport Police guard an intersection without power at Hollywood and Hearne avenues. Shreveport Police guard an intersection without power at Hollywood and Hearne avenues.
Shreveport Police block the intersection at Alabama and Jackson streets that was made impassable by a fallen tree. Shreveport Police block the intersection at Alabama and Jackson streets that was made impassable by a fallen tree.
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

A summer storm that rotated southwest through Caddo and Bossier parishes knocked out power to more than 14,000 SWEPCO customers Thursday night.

KSLA News 12's StormTracker 12 weather team says the problem can be attributed to what's called a "gust front."

The gust front, a line of strong winds, ripped through the area carrying winds of up to 50 mph.

In its wake, the winds left downed power lines, fallen trees or branches that landed on power lines, and electrical transformers that were made inoperative.

Bossier Parish residents caught the worst of it. A National Weather Service observer looking east from Caddo Parish reported seeing power flashes, which occur when transformers blow.

The NWS severe storm warning issued for the area ended at 10:15 p.m.

The outages were down to just over 5,500 customers by 3:30 Friday morning.

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