Jun 07, 2019

Storms Continue to Hit the South

Storms in Louisiana & Oklahoma have left one dead & several homes & buildings damaged

Storms in Louisiana & Oklahoma have left one dead & several homes & buildings damaged

The South is yet again preparing for more storms and flooding. This comes only a day after one person died due to storms in Louisiana and Oklahoma, which also left homes damaged, cars overturned and streets overturned, according to The Weather Channel.

The Conway Fire Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are urging Arkansas residents to evacuate as floodwaters threaten the Lollie Levee along the Arkansas River Friday, June 7. According to The Weather Channel, 14 campus and two dogs were rescued along the Buffalo River in Searcy County.

Louisiana Mayor-President Sharon Weston Boome confirmed the fatality in a press conference Thursday.

"We unfortunately had a confirmed fatality associated with the weather we’ve experienced today," Broome said, according to The Weather Channel.

In Sorrento, La., five people were injured by a tornado at an ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. plant. According to The Weather Channel, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed the plant was hit by lightning. However, they currently are unclear if a tornado touched down.

“Our community experienced a flash flood overnight and into the morning today, experiencing more rainfall than was originally forecast," Broome said. "The heaviest rains came during rush hour traffic this morning.”

In Central, La., a tree fell on the front of a home. The family inside the house only received minor injuries, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The Weather Channel Senior Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said up to 9 in. of rain fell in the Baton Rouge area Thursday.

In the state of Oklahoma, flooding caused a portion of Interstate 44 to close Thursday, however, both lanes were reopened at about noon. According to The Weather Channel, a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Oklahoma City at around 10:45 a.m. The fire was caused by lightning striking an oil tank battery.

According to The National Weather Service, up to 1.5 in. of rain fell during a 30-minute period Thursday in Oklahoma.

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