Gov. Edwards declares State of Emergency

Baton Rouge, La: Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a State of Emergency after the Dec.14 deadly storms.

Initial weather reports from the National Weather Service are showing six possible tornadoes hit Caddo, Union, Rapides, Madison, East Carroll and Franklin Parishes. The NWS is continuing to track the severe weather.

The tornado in Caddo parish killed a 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son after their home was hit by the tornado.

In response to the mother and child killed, Edwards said, “I am heartbroken to learn of the mother and child who were killed in Southwest Caddo Parish due to one of the numerous reported tornadoes. My prayers go out to the family as well as those who were injured or lost their homes. I will be traveling to the Shreveport area and Union Parish today to tour the damage and response efforts. Unfortunately, this severe weather event is not yet out of our state as it now moves into Central and South Louisiana. Please stay weather aware and follow the directions of local officials.”

More injuries have been reported throughout Louisiana.

Anyone who sustained damage should visit damage.la.gov to report their information and fill out the self-reporting damage survey.

The survey will help local officials identify damage, but it does not replace filling an insurance claim.

The State of Emergency continues with more storms through Wednesday evening and are expected to move into SE Louisiana.

GOSHEP Director Casey Tingle said, “It is important for everyone to understand the threat is not over. As this system has slowed down, it’s caused several inches of rain to fall from Southwest Louisiana to Central Louisiana. That line, which may include additional wind and tornado threats, may not clear the state until Wednesday evening. We urge everyone to remain weather aware and stay informed. Limit travel if road conditions become dangerous. Look for potential messaging from the National Weather Service, your local media, or your local emergency managers.”

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