2 killed when tornado rips through northern Louisiana town

2 killed when tornado rips through northern Louisiana town

A tornado killed two people as it tore through the northern Louisiana city of Ruston early Thursday, sending trees into houses, ripping roofs off buildings and causing a local public university to cancel classes, officials said. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday following the tornado.

A tornado touched down in Ruston on Wednesday night, causing damage, both in and around the area.

Two people - a mother and her son - were killed by a tree that fell on their home.

Steele said he could not confirm their names or ages.

A pair of men walk though the parking lot of a strip mall that was destroyed by a deadly tornado that tore through the northern Louisiana city of Ruston early Thursday, April 25, 2019. "Assistance is already on the move to the affected parishes, and the state will use every available resource to help citizens and local governments rebuild and recover".

Three people - a mother and her two children - died in Erath County, Texas, early on Wednesday when their auto was swept away by what The Associated Press reported was flash flooding.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said it appears the tornado cut a track over 130 miles (209 kilometers) from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border. A National Weather Service survey team is in San Augustine in East Texas to determine if damaging winds there were a tornado.

Classes at Louisiana Tech University were canceled for Thursday. "Power lines and trees are down in some areas on and near campus".

It is the same location where most of the damage is said to have occurred. "All three of those facilities will probably have to be rebuilt to some extent if not totally".

The university's president, Les Guice, asked people to stay off the roads unless necessary. Photos shared on social media show serious damage around campus, including the sports complex.

The governor said some places were still not accessible due to downed power lines and debris.

'Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Ruston this morning, especially the families of those who were killed in the tornado, ' Edwards said.

The son was 14 years old and a high school freshman, said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. But he does know his client is OK and he has power in his home. Much of the damage was reported in the Cypress Springs subdivision south of I-20. Written by Rebecca Santana and Ben Nadler.

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