- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - A meteorologist with the National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Ouachita Parish during Monday’s storm that downed trees and power lines and heavily damaged Monroe’s Garden District.

Bill Parker of the weather service’s Shreveport office Wednesday confirmed the tornado touched down in the parish’s north-central area, traveling nine miles and was 300 yards at its widest point. He says the twister then crossed the Ouachita River just north of the Lea Joyner Bridge before moving through Monroe’s Garden District.

An EF-2 tornado packs winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour. There were no reports of any injuries.

Parker told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1w36hKx ) the tornado was the parish’s first since March 2009.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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