Weekend storms spare Webster Parish, little damage reported

A strong storm system that moved through the Ark-La-Tex Friday mostly spared Webster Parish, officials with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Chief Deputy Bobby Igo Jr. said there was very little damage and no injuries were reported.

“A few trees were downed on the north end of the parish,” he said, “and a few trees here and there.”

He reported that a tree had partially fallen onto a house on Worsham Road, and a possible tornado off Rodney Martin Road, saying there were some broken trees.

He also reported damage on Thomas Rhone Road, off Highway 159 in Shongaloo.

“We may have to close Thomas Rhone Road to clean it up,” he said.

He said it appears the tornado that came from Plain Dealing hit the north end of the parish and traveled into Claiborne Parish.

Officials with the National Weather Service said the storm system brought with it a tornado outbreak during the afternoon and evening hours Friday.

Preliminary reports show a high-end EF-2 tornado hit Plain Dealing, according to the NWS. Several downed power lines and trees have blocked roadways in Bossier Parish.

“Several reports of large hail, some up to two inches in diameter, were received from Northwest Louisiana and Southern Arkansas,” officials said. “Survey teams will be dispatched over the next few days to investigate and rate the damage.”

As of Sunday, one team was sent out to survey damage in Caddo and Bossier parishes, and the second team will be surveying Natchitoches, Winn, Grant and LaSalle parishes across north Central and northeast Louisiana.

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