Mother, 14-year-old killed as tornado slams Louisiana

La. Tech's Ferguson helps victims during draft

Former Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson's plans to enjoy the 2019 NFL Draft with a draft party were drastically altered Thursday. Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency.

"Our prayers are with the people of Ruston today", Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted.

First responders have not yet been able to retrieve the bodies because it has been deemed too risky. Photos shared on social media show serious damage around campus, including the sports complex.

Warnings have already occurred Thursday morning with more possible through the day. 'It's tragic, and it's going to be a while before we can get all this cleaned up'.

A mother and son in Lincoln Parish, which Ruston lies in, were killed when a tree fell on their home overnight, said Mike Steele, communications director for the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ruston, and to Louisiana Tech, at this very hard time.

Debris littered a sporting field at the university on Thursday morning.

"Devastation is the way it looks", said Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker after flying over the city in a helicopter to assess the damage.

Walker said that immediately after the tornado swept through Ruston, about three-quarters of the area was without power.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said it appears the tornado cut a track over 130 miles (209 kilometers) from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

The storm moved into MS on Thursday morning.

Three people - a mother and her two children - died in Erath County, Texas, early on Wednesday when their vehicle was swept away by what The Associated Press reported was flash flooding.



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