Winds cause electrical fire in Beauregard, blow over canopy at Love’s in Iowa

Winds cause electrical fire in Beauregard, blow over canopy at Love’s in Iowa

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Severe weather moving through Southwest Louisiana caused a house fire in Beauregard and blew over the canopy at Love’s Travel Stop in Iowa.

There were other reports of downed limbs and overturned trampolines, but, although there were numerous tornado warnings issued, KPLC received no other word of serious damage.

The storm system stretched from Mexico, through the U.S., into Canada, killing three people in Northwest Louisiana.

Both the house fire and the downed canopy happened in the winds that preceded the tornado threats.

DeRidder Fire Chief Kenneth Harlow says DeRidder Fire was called out to South Stewart Street when a tree limb fell on a service drop (an electric line running from a utility pole to a house), pulling it from the home and causing the fire. They say it was contained quickly. There were no injuries.

The canopy at Love’s Travel Stop was blown over around 2:30 a.m. before any rain hit our area. No injuries were reported.

5:20 a.m. The severe weather threat has left Southwest Louisiana.

4:50 a.m. Sheriff Sam Craft says only damage in Vernon are a few small trees on roads that have been removed. Power line down on La. 117.

4:49 a.m. More photos of Love’s Travel Stop, from the Iowa Volunteer Fire Department.

The canopy at Love's Travel Stop in Iowa blown over by storms early Saturday morning. KPLC viewers say it happened around 2:30 a.m. before the worst of the storms hit the area. No injuries were reported.
The canopy at Love's Travel Stop in Iowa blown over by storms early Saturday morning. KPLC viewers say it happened around 2:30 a.m. before the worst of the storms hit the area. No injuries were reported. (Source: Iowa Volunteer Fire Department)

4:44 a.m. Tornado warning expires in Jeff Davis, Calcasieu.

4:30 a.m. Latest map for TORNADO WARNING IN Jeff Davis Parish. Includes, Lacassine, Welsh, Hayes.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.

Latest tornado warning map for Jeff Davis Parish. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.
Latest tornado warning map for Jeff Davis Parish. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. (Source: National Weather Service)

4:26 a.m. Tornado warning canceled for Cameron Parish.

4:22 a.m. The canopy at Love’s Travel Stop has blown over. KPLC viewers say it happened around 2:30 a.m. before any rain hit our area.

The canopy at Love’s Travel Stop has blown over. KPLC viewers say it happened around 2:30 a.m. before any rain hit our area.
The canopy at Love’s Travel Stop has blown over. KPLC viewers say it happened around 2:30 a.m. before any rain hit our area. (Source: KPLC viewer)

4:18 a.m. Lake Charles office of National Weather Service is experiencing “major communications issue." Houston office is providing backup.

4:10 a.m. TORNADO WARNING in south central Jeff Davis, toward Sweet Lake in Cameron Parish through 4:45 a.m. Also includes southeast Calcasieu. Areas of Lacassine, Hayes, Welsh, Thornwell.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.

TORNADO WARNING in south central Jeff Davis, toward Sweet Lake in Cameron Parish through 4:45 a.m. Also includes southeast Calcasieu. Areas of Lacassine, Hayes, Welsh, Thornwell. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.
TORNADO WARNING in south central Jeff Davis, toward Sweet Lake in Cameron Parish through 4:45 a.m. Also includes southeast Calcasieu. Areas of Lacassine, Hayes, Welsh, Thornwell. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. (Source: National Weather Service)

3:51 a.m. A downed electric line caused a fire in DeRidder. DeRidder Fire Chief Kenneth Harlow says DeRidder Fire was called out to South Stewart Street this morning and just recently put out a house fire. He says a tree limb fell on a service drop (an electric line running from a utility pole to a house), pulling it from the home and causing the fire. They say it was contained quickly. There were no injuries.

3:46 a.m.: Tornado warning expires in Calcasieu.

3:39 a.m. LATEST TORNADO WARNING map for Calcasieu.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.

3:39 a.m. LATEST TORNADO WARNING map for Calcasieu. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area.
3:39 a.m. LATEST TORNADO WARNING map for Calcasieu. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. (Source: National Weather Service)

3:33 a.m.: Tornado warning for Beauregard Parish expires.

3:25 a.m. LATEST TORNADO WARNING map for Beauregard.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.

TORNADO WARNING map in Beauregard Parish as of 3:22 a.m. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.
TORNADO WARNING map in Beauregard Parish as of 3:22 a.m. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now. (Source: National Weather Service)

3:15 a.m.: TORNADO WARNING for Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff until 3:15 a.m.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.

TORNADO WARNING issued for portions of Lake Charles, Sulphur, Carlyss. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.
TORNADO WARNING issued for portions of Lake Charles, Sulphur, Carlyss. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.

3:06 a.m.: TORNADO WARNING issued for areas of Beauregard through 3:30 a.m. Includes areas south of DeRidder to north of Longville - communities of Singer and Juanita.

A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.

TORNADO WARNING issued for areas of Beauregard through 3:30 a.m. Includes areas south of DeRidder to north of Longville - communities of Singer and Juanita. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now.
TORNADO WARNING issued for areas of Beauregard through 3:30 a.m. Includes areas south of DeRidder to north of Longville - communities of Singer and Juanita. A tornado warning means something resembling a tornado has been detected in the area. Get to a safe place now. (Source: National Weather Service)

A tornado watch has been issued for all of Southwest Louisiana until 8 a.m.

The storm system is currently moving through the Houston area.

Know the difference between a Watch and a Warning.
Know the difference between a Watch and a Warning. (Source: KPLC)

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