Tree service crews are still hard at work four days after an EF2 tornado tore through parts of northern Caddo and Bossier Parishes early Monday morning. It packed winds of at least 100 miles an hour.
National weather service meteorologists, not to mention our own Stormtracker Steve, tracked that same twister long before it caused major damage west of Plain Dealing. It actually first touched down in Hosston, about 5 miles to the west in Caddo Parish.
"Didn't have time to get scared because it was over in 20 or 30 seconds," recalled Dr. David Kirby. He won't soon forget the twister that touched down on his property in the village of Hosston.
He witnessed a giant pine tree, down the hill from his home, go down first. "And in three or four seconds the electricity went out and the next thing I know, I hear a tree fall on the house and pine trees breaking all around me," continued Dr. Kirby.
Luckily, Kirby was on the opposite end of the house, in the living room when tree hit his house. "I said, 'Well, I need to go put my pants on, walk out and see what's happening.'"
As he walked down the hall to the bedroom, he could hear water dripping through the roof and down into the carpet. "And I looked up and I could see the skies and a pine limb about six inches in diameter sticking through the roof, through the ceiling all the way down to the floor," said Kirby.
He then saw almost an exact replica of that branch had also punctured through the roof elsewhere and gone through the bathroom. It was the very place he had planned to hide, but never got the chance to get there: "Right where I would have been standing if I had gone in there for shelter."
By the time Kirby walked outside it was a scene of destruction, with dozens of trees damaged or destroyed. Now four days later, tree service crews are still there, with tree damage alone estimated to be $50,000. Insurance won't cover all of it, but Kirby says it will cover the damage to the house.
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