Strong storms slated to hit Bossier late Friday night

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Strong storms are forecasted to hit Bossier the start of this weekend.

The area is designated as a “Moderate” risk for severe weather as a line of storms are forecasted to push through late Friday night, Jan. 10, into early Saturday morning on Jan. 11. 

Heavy rains that could cause flooding, damaging winds up to 60 mph, and tornadoes are the biggest threats.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has advised that strong upper level storm system will approach the Four State Region from the west, bringing a significant severe weather outbreak to the area late Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. Tornadoes and damaging winds will be the primary threats. Large hail and isolated flash flooding will also be possible. 

The severe weather threat should end Saturday morning as the storms move east.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge is urging residents to prepare for possible severe weather. GOHSEP will activate its Crisis Action Team (CAT) Friday due to the weather threat.

Employees of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) are prepared to respond with more than 100 additional personnel called to the area. 

Through its network of mutual aid, SWEPCO has 150 utility workers from Ft. Worth, Abilene, and Austin, Texas to assist with power restoration.

 How to report, track outages

  • Use the SWEPCO app, available for download via the App Store or Google Play.
  • Call 1-888-218-3919 to report your outage.
  • Sign up for text and email updates, including estimated time of restoration, at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.
  • Visit SWEPCO.com/OutageMap to find detailed information without logging into your account.

To stay on top of developments, visit https://www.weather.gov/shv/