SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Severe thunderstorms moving across parts of the ArkLaTex the afternoon of Wednesday, April 7.
A couple tornado warnings were issued, including one in effect until 5:30 p.m. for Bienville and Red River parishes and another issued until 6 p.m. for Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Webster parishes.
The National Weather Service received a report of roof damage at Springhill Baptist Church along Louisiana Highway 783 near Ringgold. And someone reported that a tree was downed by thunderstorm winds on Norris Ferry Road in Caddo Parish.
Most areas of the ArkLaTex remain under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, which is a First Alert Weather Day.
AEP/SWEPCO is reporting 3,414 customer power outages in its service area.
The bulk of those — 3,319 — are in Louisiana, and primarily in Caddo Parish, where 2,756 customers are without power.
In Red River Parish, 136 customers along Jackson Avenue and Red Oak Road south of Coushatta lost power at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to the utility’s outage map. AEP/SWEPCO expects to have the lights back on there by 6:30 p.m. the same day.
Earlier in Caddo Parish, service to about 213 customers in an area immediately north of the Louisiana State Fair Grounds in Shreveport was interrupted at 10:28 a.m. Wednesday, April 7 but was restored sometime Wednesday afternoon, according to the utility’s outage map.
Smaller outages also occurred about the time severe thunderstorms moved across the area Wednesday afternoon.
Meantime, a flood warning for Bayou Dorcheat near Springhill in Webster Parish remains in effect until Monday, April 12.
As of Wednesday morning, the level was 11.8 feet, down from 12.3 feet earlier. Flood stage is 11 feet, so there is minor lowland flooding.
The bayou is expected to fall below flood stage early Monday morning then continue falling to 10.9 feet later that morning, the National Weather Service reports.