SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — The National Weather Service says a band of nasty storms is cutting across northwest Louisiana on a route from Lufkin, Texas to Union County, Arkansas.
Records show there were seven radar-based tornado warnings over about 3 hours Thursday. Meteorologist Mario Valverde (val-VER-dee) says teams are checking damage in several areas, including the DeSoto Parish seat of Mansfield — 30 miles south of Shreveport — to see whether the cause was twisters or straight-line winds.
Valverde says much of the damage is downed trees, and no injuries have been reported in Louisiana.
He says Shreveport got 4 inches of rain by noon, with more likely. He says the storm dumped 6 inches of rain on Center, Texas, 10 miles from Louisiana.
The Times (http://bit.ly/1GuJAVh ) reported flash flooding on several Shreveport streets.