Deadly Ruston Tornado Was At EF3 Strength

Storm Watch

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says an EF-3 tornado, possibly stronger, hit the city of Ruston this morning, about 70 miles east of Shreveport.

At a news conference today, Edwards said there are at least two fatalities following the storm. He added search and rescue teams are still operating, as places are still inaccessible.

According to Edwards, Union and Lincoln Parishes, along with the entire state of Louisiana, declared emergencies following the tornado as damage is still being assessed. Edwards has heard from several agencies, including the White House, that are ready to respond if necessary.

The governor surveyed parts of the state from the air and said the damage is extensive.

A shelter is open at a local elementary school and a curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

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