Local members of the body of Christ are responding to tornado victims in Ruston, Louisiana.
Harvey Davis is part of an emergency response team from Calvary Baptist Church in Ruston. He compares damage from Thursday's early morning tornado to that of a war zone (see image).
"This thing came across the Louisiana Tech University [campus], pretty much destroyed the baseball [and] softball fields, and then hit some dormitories and it kind of cut diagonal toward the interstate," Davis shared.
"It destroyed some homes, hotels, gas stations, shopping centers, and then it kind of went across town and headed on out, but the area that it hit is primarily five blocks from downtown, which has killed all the power downtown."
Nothing was open in downtown Ruston when OneNewsNow spoke to Davis.
"It's hard to get gasoline and groceries," he continued. "We have our cooking facility set up at a school that's been designated a shelter, because the church across town is without power due to the storm."
According to Davis, the storm took people by surprise.
"This was supposed to be just a heavy thunderstorm [but] sometime after midnight it turned into high-altitude winds and nobody was really quite expecting that," he explained to OneNewsNow. "Ruston is a really heavily wooded downtown [and] residential area and a lot of trees are down because the ground was wet and they could not stand up to the wind."
The Associated Press reports that classes at Louisiana Tech University were canceled yesterday and Friday but should resume on Monday. No students were reported injured, but trees and power lines were down in several places on campus.
The National Weather Service said on Twitter that the tornado that hit Ruston at 1:50 a.m. on Thursday was an EF3, meaning it had winds of at least 136 mph (219 kph).