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Tornado responsible for one fatality, traveled 63 miles from DeRidder to Alexandria

(WSAZ)
Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 3:19 PM CST
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One person is dead following this morning’s tornado, authorities confirm.

The National Weather Service says the tornado traveled 63 miles, from DeRidder to Alexandria.

Rhonda Jordan, with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, confirms that the tornado caused a fatality in Vernon Parish.

Viewers near Rosepine captured footage of a tornado.

Roofs have been blown off homes and people are trapped in homes in the area of La. 1146, La. 112 and John Brewer Road, northeast of DeRidder, according to Chief Detective Jared Morton, with the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office.

La. 1146 is currently shut down, near La. 112.

Morton said “major damage” has been reported along the Beauregard/Vernon line.

Morton said he is hearing there is a “pretty clear path” from a possible tornado.

There is “significant damage” to businesses on U.S. 171 - CBG Buick GMC; CBG Firearms and Ammo Den; and Moses True Value.

Power lines are down on Herman Smith Road.

Trees are down on Lewis Cemetery Road.