Two people have died in Ruston as a result of severe thunderstorms and a possible tornado Thursday morning, according to officials.
The teams @GOHSEP, @LAStatePolice and @LANationalGuard are assisting local responders following a tornado in Ruston this morning that has killed two people. Our prayers are with the people of Ruston today.
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) April 25, 2019
KSLA reports that the Mayor of Ruston has confirmed the deaths.
State police released video of troopers surveying the damage from the storm.
Louisiana Tech has canceled classes for Thursday as officials assess the damage done by a suspected tornado. The university says that power lines and trees are down in the area but that no students on campus were injured.
Louisiana Tech University is closed today, April 25, as the result of a tornado. The storm traveled through the Ruston campus on Wednesday night, April 24.
No students on campus were injured,
— Louisiana Tech University (@LATech) April 25, 2019
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office says that several homes were reportedly damaged just south of the Louisiana Tech campus. KSLA says that those deputies were performing rescue operations in the area.
Photos of the damage have been shared to twitter this morning.
— Andy Pederson (@AndyMPederson) April 25, 2019
One person was also injured in DeSoto Parish after a tree fell onto a vehicle along Hwy 175.
SAD NEWS – The Mayor of Ruston has confirmed the deaths of two people related to this severe weather threat overnight. Check out the field at Louisiana Tech University which suffered damage as well during the violent storm. pic.twitter.com/xzKbcjLBnB
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) April 25, 2019