SHREVEPORT, La. - Dangerous weather pushed in from the west early Wednesday triggering a string of watches and warnings in the ArkLaTex.

Blanchard

Blanchard area - courtesy of Della Wilson

A tornado warning was issued in northeast Texas. After deploying a team to check out the damage, the National Weather Service confirmed to KTBS 3 News that it was an EF-0 tornado that struck the area.

The NWS team's storm assessment will be available on their website, possibly as early as Wednesday evening. The report can be found by visiting www.weather.gov/shv/.

billboard damage

There are reports of billboards down in the area of Highway 50 and Highway 80 in Marshall.

KTBS 3 News did get a report from a firefighter in Nesbitt who reported damage to a home there. Nesbitt is west of Marshall.

oak tree snapped in half

This 100 year old oak tree was snapped in half in Waskom, Tx. (photo courtesy: Erin Roberts Reeves)

There are also reports of downed trees and power lines across much of the ArkLaTex. In east Texas, Morris, Upshur, Gregg and Harrison counties were hit especially hard. KMHT Radio in Marshall shared several photos with KTBS 3 News of trees down on Five Natch Road in Marshall.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Fletcher said residents should use caution around downed power lines and while driving to avoid downed trees and limbs in the road. At lunchtime, several traffic lights are out, including at the intersection of Hwy 59 and U.S. Hwy 80 in Marshall where Marshall Police are directing traffic.

A KTBS 3 viewer also shared a photo showing a 100 year old oak tree in Waskom that was snapped in half like a twig.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport says we should expect showers and thunderstorms over northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas to gradually weaken as they move into north Louisiana this morning. However, more redevelopment should occur late this afternoon along the I-30 corridor. 

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Power outage

 SWEPC0 crews were working Wednesday afternoon to restore electricity to customer who lost power from severe storms that moved across east Texas and northwest Louisiana.

The majority of the outages stretched from Gregg County to Caddo Parish.

Outages in Marshall total about 1,500. around Longview just over 1,000 and 

Caddo Pairsh 900.

SWEPCO crews were fanning out across the region, working to get power restored.

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