Storm Blows Thru Hall Summit

About 4:30 Monday afternoon heavy rain and high winds descended on the Village of Hall Summit.  It left a path of destruction, downed power lines, and damaged homes and buildings.

Neighbors came out with tractors and chain saws to clear roads of fallen trees.  Others helped clear damage to homes.  As the work continued another storm approached Red River parish.

Highway 514 through Hall Summit was blocked in at least two locations by big trees that were uprooted or toppled by high winds.  Sheriff’s deputies blocked roadways to divert travelers around blockage.  Fire units were standing by and so were units from Cleco.

Power was out in the town and surrounding area.  Former Hall Summit Police Chief Charles Loftin was out on his tractor helping to move debris off roads.  He described the storm as high winds that had the tops of trees twisting one way and then the other.  He confirmed the time of the storm at about 4:30.

The Journal talked with local residents.  No one reported any injuries from the storm.  Loftin said the power outage could affect the water supply because the pumps would not operate until it is restored.

Residents said they did not get any warning that a storm was coming.  Some said it came up all of a sudden.  The National Weather Service in Shreveport had issued a Thunderstorm Warning for a wide area, one of several issued Monday afternoon in the Northwest Louisiana area.

The radar image was taken at 7:08 pm Monday.  It shows the parish covered by intense rain.  A half hour later that storm had mostly moved on.