Jindal declares NWLA emergency due to wind damage
BATON ROUGE - After last week's severe weather in Northwest Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency for the area.
The National Weather Service says a May 16 thunderstorm produced four tornadoes as it moved into Louisiana from Texas. Each twister had winds up to 100 mph. The storm also brought straight-line winds up to 105 mph to northern DeSoto and southern Caddo parishes.
On Thursday, Jindal declared an emergency saying some 270 homes in DeSoto were damaged and as many as 19,000 power outages occurred in Caddo, Red River and Natchitoches parishes. The state declaration comes after DeSoto also declared a state of emergency in order to help residents affected by the storm.
Jindal said his order extends through June 22 unless terminated sooner.