Strong thunderstorms roar through the ArkLaTex bringing high winds and reports of hail the size of tennis balls. Storms hit Shreveport-Bossier at around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
There were many reports of trees down. One was on Penick and Jewella Avenue in Shreveport, where a large tree snapped and fell, taking a utility pole with it.
Bossier Parish Central Fire Station Capt. Rodney Pilgrim confirmed lightning struck a home at Caplis and Sligo Road Friday night. Central and Station 4 responded shortly after 10 p.m.
There was minor damage. The strike blew out a piece of fascia board and caused an electrical fire inside the house, but firefighters got in and punched a hole in the wall and got it under control quickly.
Power outages were reported through the ArkLaTex as well. In Caddo Parish, there were more than 1,000 customers without power at around 10 p.m. Sabine Parish had less than 6,000 without power.
Natchitoches Parish had more than 6,000 without power. And there were more than 1,000 customers without power in DeSoto Parish.
Earlier Friday night, the storms caused the electricity to go out at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport. The hospital had to use the backup generator for a while.
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