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Severe weather in NWLA causes damage, power outages

Published: Apr. 29, 2017 at 7:19 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2017 at 2:28 PM CDT
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(Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office via Facebook)
(Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

ARKLATEX (KSLA) - Severe weather is rolling through parts of northwest Louisiana causing damage and power outages in several parishes.

SWEPCO reported more than 13,500 customers without power at one point.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office is reporting a large tree and utility lines down on Hart Road near Sandy Point Road.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness surveyed storm damages from Saturday afternoon's severe thunderstorms in the Oak Grove area near Natchitoches.

Deputies say Shreveport National Weather Service is also expected to conduct a survey to determine if the area was the target of tornadic activity.

At 1:49 p.m. Saturday, while severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Natchitoches Parish by the Shreveport National Weather Service a large tree fell on a mobile home on Pine Street in Robeline, La., according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.

Robeline police responded to the weather-related incident and found a family and their 3-month-old infant at the home.

The husband, wife and child were able to get out of the home through a back door.

Robeline Police took the infant and parents to meet a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Trauma Unit on La. Hwy 6-West because the parents were concerned and wanted a medical evaluation of the child for injuries.

The names are currently being withheld according to the NPSO.

Sheriff Jones said, "we extend our well wishes to the family and hope the infant has a speedy recovery."

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office says there were several reports of trees down on main and side roads in the early afternoon, but by around 3:30 p.m. most of the roadways had been cleared.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Sabine, DeSoto, Red River, Bienville and Natchitoches Parishes. The tornado warnings remained in effect until 3:30 p.m. for all parishes expect for Bienville which stayed in effect until 4 p.m.

A severe storm warning was issued for Bossier and Webster Parishes and Columbia and Lafayette Counties until 4:45 p.m.

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