Tornado warnings, flooded streets, no injuries: storms moving from Texas to Ark through NW La



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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — The National Weather Service says a band of nasty storms is cutting across northwest Louisiana on a route from Lufkin, Texas to Union County, Arkansas.

Records show there were seven radar-based tornado warnings over about 3 hours Thursday. Meteorologist Mario Valverde (val-VER-dee) says teams are checking damage in several areas, including the DeSoto Parish seat of Mansfield — 30 miles south of Shreveport — to see whether the cause was twisters or straight-line winds.

Valverde says much of the damage is downed trees, and no injuries have been reported in Louisiana.

He says Shreveport got 4 inches of rain by noon, with more likely. He says the storm dumped 6 inches of rain on Center, Texas, 10 miles from Louisiana.

The Times (http://bit.ly/1GuJAVh ) reported flash flooding on several Shreveport streets.

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