According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana (LA) the early hours of Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Going by the
Enhanced Fujita Scale, the Ruston Tornado had winds of at least one hundred and
thirty five miles per hour or great. The NWS Shreveport branch will release
their complete storm report later this evening.
That report will include exact strength and track of the above mentioned Tornadoes.
A mother and her son was killed by this Tornado. Our thoughts, prayers and love go to the family at this time.
Two people have been killed in Ruston, Louisiana (LA) as a Tornado ripped through the town and Louisiana Tech University early this morning – Thursday 25th April.
It has been suggested by the Tornado came through Ruston around 2:30am.
mayor Ronny Walker confirmed two people were killed, however he declined to
identify them. “It’s bad, real bad! We took a direct hit.”
A significant amount of the damage happened along Tech Drive and Cypress Springs – subdivision (south of Interstate 20), however Walker said there was damage throughout the city.
LA Tech University president Les Guice said no serious injuries have been reported so far, however there is serious damage to the university’s baseball and softball fields. Not forgetting to mention there are trees down at Keeney and Hale halls.
The mayor continued
by saying the city has suffered a tremendous amount of electrical grid issues. “We
can’t even get into some areas yet,” Walker said. “We’ll know more when
daylight” comes around.
According to the National Weather Service, warnings began being issued in St. Augustine, Texas at around 11:00pm and warnings continued until about 3:00am – this was when the storm system moved across east Texas and northeastern Louisiana.
STORY DEVELOPING STILL AT THIS TIME!
UPDATE: Find more photos of damage caused by this Tornado below.
UPDATE #2: A power pole has been completely uprooted after a Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana.
UPDATE #3: New photos of the damaged Louisiana Tech University’s softball stadium has emerged – see below.
UPDATE #4: Morning daylight shows the extent of the Tornado damage in Ruston, LA.