A strong band of storms moved through the Arklatex overnight leaving a trail of destruction behind for some folks. Claiborne parish was hit hard, especially the town of Homer.
The damage looks like a tornado rolled through but it's straight line winds that are being blamed for the destruction. The strong winds uprooted trees and caused thousands of dollars in damage around the town.
Officials say the emergency sirens went off at about three this morning, and Homer resident David Bays describes what everyone else heard this morning.
"I went to the window to look out and I couldn't really see anything at first and then I saw the trees look like they just started to bending over," said Bays. Bays says he went to check on his son when the unthinkable happened.
"Right when I turned around all I could hear was crashing, the roof fell on hit me and knocked me down, I mean didn't know if I was fixing to die or not," Bays said.
"This is the worst I've seen in forty years," said Dennis Butcher, Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness for Claiborne Parish. He says the aftermath of this storm is more than what they expected. "As it became, it got day light it became obvious that this is going to be a major event," says Butcher.
The devastation can be seen all over town. Several families are salvaging what furniture they can out of their damaged home.
Emergency personnel say the big concern for the area is power. They say it'll take about two to three days before power is completely restored to all the residents here in Homer.
Jeff Aycock with Entergy Power Company says they have crews heading in from South Louisiana to help restore power in Claiborne Parish.