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Two dead after tornado touches down in Louisiana; storm damage in East Texas

There are road closures in the Tyler area this morning due to flooding, and significant storm damage has been reported in Ruston, La.

HOUSTON — The same storm system that rolled through Houston on Wednesday and produced a tornado in Bryan went on to cause damage in East Texas and Louisiana overnight.

In Ruston, Louisiana there are reports of two deaths and significant tornado damage, reports CBS affiliate KSLA.

"It's bad; real bad," Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker told the newspaper News Star. "We took a direct hit."

The storms went east from Texas into Louisiana, causing damage at the campus of Louisiana Tech. That school has cancelled classes for Thursday. Strong winds damaged area gas station awnings and also power lines.

The National Weather Service is deploying two damage survey teams in Ruston and in Downsville in Union Parish.

In San Augustine Co, Texas overnight, the San Augustine Inn at the intersection of US 96 and SH 21 was damaged by a possible tornado, reports KYTX. TxDOT says several areas in and around San Augustine have damage from trees and power lines across the roadways. 

The San Augustine Sheriff's Office says there are multiple road closures due to street flooding.


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