Storm blasts East Texas and then moves across to rock Louisiana

NW LOUISIANA (KSLA) - The steeple has fallen from the top of the First Methodist Church in downtown Shreveport.

KSLA News 12's Ben Wolf says the steeple fell on top of a car that was passing the church. EMS crews are at the scene tending to the injured. Ben says the person in the car did survive the accident.

Bossier City reports the storms knocked down a power pole at the Greenacres Townhouses off Benton Road, starting at least one fire.

Benton Road is closed between I-220 and Brownlee Road as crews fight the fires at Greenacres Townhouses.

The Red Cross is opening up a shelter at Platt Elementary in Haughton and one at the Bossier City Civic Center for victims of Thursday's storms.

The school is located at 4680 Highway 80 East in Haughton.

At least 30 homes in one Bossier Parish neighborhood suffered damage after being hit with high winds.

KSLA News 12 Videographer Semmie Buffin was in the Mimosa Gardens area of Haughton shortly after the storm came through. Fire crews in the area said about 30 homes suffered some type of damage either from high winds or falling trees. People were already out with chain saws trying to clear the debris.

One house Semmie saw was literally cut in half by a falling pine tree. So far there are no reports of any injuries.

Earlier in the afternoon a city marshal in Red River Parish said at least two tornados briefly touched down in the parish Thursday afternoon while trees brought down by high winds blocked two major Bossier Parish highways.

Hall Summit City Marshal Charles Loftin watched the two twisters drop down from the sky in an unpopulated, wooded area of the parish. The area was along Highway 371 between Highways 514 and 788, just east of Hall Summit.

Loftin reports numerous trees down in the parish but no reports of any injuries.

Interstate 20 in Bossier Parish is open again after downed trees blocked both of the eastbound lanes. Right at 1:00 pm, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office reported that I-20 eastbound at the 30-mile marker was closed. High winds knocked over several trees blocking both lanes of the interstate. Traffic was backing up.

Trees also closed Highway 80 at Flag Drive near Princeton and T. L Rhodes Elementary Schools. Authorities say trees fell due to straight line winds. Authorities also reported that the lights were are out at Hwy. 80 at Bellevue Road.

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