Several of Louisiana Tech's sports facilities and fields were damaged early Thursday morning after a tornado hit the area and was responsible for the deaths of two people, according to ESPN.com.
The school and athletic director Tommy McClelland provided updates Thursday on Twitter:
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Our student-athletes and student body are safe, which is our main concern. We are still in shock over the devastation to our city and our campus. Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers. We are still assessing the damage our facilities, but we CAN and WILL rebuild. https://t.co/PMzwXqe7dk
McClelland estimated the damages would cost the school "millions" of dollars, per Cory Diaz of the Monroe News Star.
"Baseball, softball, soccer [fields], tennis [courts], all of those are devastated," he added. "It's devastating. It's a total rebuild for us."
There were no injuries or deaths on Louisiana Tech's campus, though the school was shut down Thursday and Friday.
Alongside the damage done to the athletic facilities, "the tornado caused damage to buildings, vehicles, power lines and trees in Ruston. Mayor Ronny Walker said trees uprooted by the winds 'cut houses in half,' calling the damage 'unbelievable,'" per ESPN.
C.S. Ross of the National Weather Service said the tornado affected an approximately 130-mile stretch from eastern Texas to the area around the border of Louisiana and Arkansas, per ESPN.