SHREVEPORT, La. – The ArkLaTex is taking a beating once again as a dangerous weather system rakes the area, knocking out power to tens of thousands and shredding trees along the way.
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The weather also forced Caddo Parish school officials to have students shelter in place, advising parents not to pick up their children yet. Bus 117 from Kingston Elementary was even diverted to Benton Middle School for safety reasons.
Buses were delayed in the northern end of DeSoto Parish as well.
A number of damage reports are coming in from Northeast Texas to Northwest Louisiana and farther north into the Texarkana area.
In DeSoto Parish, Sheriff Jayson Richardson said there are numerous reports of trees down, but spreading mostly from Gloster eastward to Red Bluff Road and Linwood Extension. On Red Bluff, the two-story home of DeSoto Parish Police Juror Greg Baker is heavily damaged by trees that tore through the structure.
In Marshall, there was a report of a power line down and on fire after being struck by lightning around 3 p.m. Also, according to KMHT radio, Highway 59 is blocked between Jefferson and Marshall due to downed trees.
A string of watches and warnings have been in place since early Wednesday afternoon as the high winds and pounding rain battered the area. Ruston, which was ripped apart by a deadly F3 tornado two weeks ago, was again under the gun Wednesday. Tornado sirens blared around 6 p.m. when a tornado warning was issued.
There are unconfirmed reports of two high water rescues in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
At times, driving was dangerous across the region with slick streets and limited visibility.
Severe weather threats through Wednesday night will include damaging wind gusts, large hail, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding.
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According to the National Weather Service Shreveport, the heavy rainfall threat will continue through the end of the work week into the weekend with several inches of rain possible through Sunday. This will result in additional rises and crests on all area waterways, as well as a prolonged Flash Flood threat through the week into the weekend.
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