Tornado crushes city of Louisiana, rescue begins as storm moves east

A freak spring storm reared its head, challenging Old Man Winter in Texas, Louisiana and other Southern states in its path Tuesday. A series of tornadoes and other severe weather pop-ups began marching through Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday and will continue to swirl through the Deep South for the next few days.

This is while a major winter storm is making its way through the Great Plains and Midwest to the East Coast this weekend.

Tornadoes hit some Texas cities from the Dallas area to east Texas Tuesday afternoon, but a city in northwest Louisiana was hit particularly hard. Storm chaser Brian Emfinger shot this footage in Four Forks, Louisiana, which is south of Shreveport in Northwest Louisiana.

“There are pads where houses used to be and we’re looking for the house,” Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said, according to KTBS.

The Weather Channel reported around 10 p.m. CT Tuesday that law enforcement officers are still searching for two people who are still missing.

MPs go from house to house, knocking on doors to check on residents and even using cadaver dogs to assist in their search.

Tornado Damage
A house damaged by a tornado is seen on March 22, 2022 in Round Rock, Texas. A series of tornadoes made landfall in multiple cities across Texas and Louisiana on December 13, 2022.
Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The storm band swept through towns along the way, tearing apart houses and throwing debris wildly.

Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee are on all-night storm and tornado watches, and counties in Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida have been placed on alert for Wednesday. Tornado clocks are in effect for more than 1.5 million people as midnight approaches.

This is an evolving story. Tornado crushes city of Louisiana, rescue begins as storm moves east

Rick Schindler

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