UPDATE: Harrison County Sheriff's Office Administrative Deputy Jay Webb also said:
"We have been notified by the National Weather Service that there was an "indication" of a tornado that has caused of the damage in Waskom, Elysian Fields, and Greenwood, Louisiana. There has been NO confirmation of this, yet, and it will only be after the storm has passed that they can assess the
"Our agency, Texas DPS, Texas Department of Transportation, and Waskom PD are assessing the damage and the needs in this area. There are confirmed SWEPCO power lines down in the Waskom area and they are responding to the scene. Until the National Weather Service or NOAA confirms the presence of a tornado, we are addressing this event as a severe storm with damaging high
KYTX CBS 19 contacted the National Weather Service in Shreveport, which says that the storm the damages Waskom, Elysian Fields and Greenwood this afternoon is still causing problems in Northwest Louisiana, so the weather service has yet to dispatch experts to Harrison County this afternoon to determine if a tornado has touched down in that area.
SWEPCO is reporting 1500 customers without power in Harrison County and 279 customers without power in Panola County.
WASKOM/HARRISON COUNTY (KYTX) - According to the National Weather Service, storm damage has been reported in the Waskom area in eastern Harrison County.
According to weather service storm reports:
At 2:20 p.m., large trees were snapped about eight miles west of Waskom;
At 2:30 p.m., two people were injured and rushed to a hospital after two trucks were smashed by a falling tree in thunderstorm damage;
At 2:55 p.m., the weather service reported numerous trees down on Interstate 20 about eight miles west of Waskom;
And several trees and signs are reported down along Interstate 20.
Calls to the Waskom Police Department are being answered by an employee at Waskom City Hall, who says all available police officers and help from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office are out of the office. "It's just a mess, is all I can tell you," the employee, who did not reveal her name, said.
In a statement to media, Harrison County Administrative Deputy Jay Webb at 3:02 this afternoon said, "If you are listening to monitors, we have had a strong storm move through the Waskom area and Hwy 9, and some damage is reported."
KYTX CBS-19 has a crew headed to the scene and will provide updates.