Possible tornado hits north Louisiana town

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 10:07 AM

DOWNSVILLE, La. (AP) — A tornado may have hit the north Louisiana village of Downsville, part of a storm that's brought strong winds and flooding rains to northern Louisiana.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Parker says a possible tornado hit the town on the Union-Lincoln parish line, about 3:45 Saturday. The Weather Service has yet to confirm it was a twister.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates says buildings have been damaged across the parish, but he knows of no injuries.

Entergy Corp. reports that at 6:15 p.m. more than 17,000 customers are without power, concentrated around Ruston and Monroe. Southwestern Electric Power Co. says that at 6:15 p.m., it has nearly 8,000 outages in northwest Louisiana, concentrated south of Shreveport.

Numerous trees were blown over, including one that fell across Interstate 20 near Gibsland.

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