Damaging storms and possible tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses, toppled trees and knocked out electricity across several areas of Louisiana on Sunday as a widespread outbreak of severe storms swept across the South.
More than 42,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without electricity as of 1:45 p.m. CDT, according to poweroutage.us. More than 18,000 customers in Texas had no power.
In Mississippi, tornado warnings were issued for Yazoo City, Eden, Benton, Kosciusko, Durant and Lexington.
The National Weather Service declared a tornado emergency for Monroe in Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish at 11:44 a.m. CDT. Doppler radar confirmed a large and destructive tornado was hitting parts of the city.
At least 20 homes were damaged in the Sunflower Subdivision of Monroe, according to a local media report to the National Weather Service.
A video on Facebook showed extensive damage in a subdivision. As a family walks out of a destroyed home, the video showed the front of the house had been ripped away and the living room and dining room were exposed to the rain.
The city of Monroe Twitter account said, “We have reports of wind (or tornado) damage in multiple locations in Monroe.” The city also posted photos of damage.