FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong storms move into parts of viewing area

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Throughout the morning hours, activity on FIRST ALERT Doppler radar has increased significantly. Moisture is consistently pulling northward out of the Gulf of Mexico and into the viewing area.

Earlier in the morning, the largest bulk of the rainfall was concentrated along the coastal communities, but by mid-morning a line of strong thunderstorms began to impact East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes, as well as Wilkinson and Amite counties in southwest Mississippi.

While no “severe” weather has been reported (and overall, none is expected), radar picked up several strong storms, with locally heavy rainfall causing brief localized flooding. We’ll keep a 70 percent to 80 percent coverage of additional rainfall in the afternoon/early evening forecast and it will be somewhat cooler due to the clouds and wet weather, with a high only in the low/mid-80s.

Overnight, scattered showers will linger (perhaps a 40 percent coverage) and the low will fall into the lower 70s. Thursday, there is more “umbrella weather” ahead. Rain/storms are likely, with a 70 percent coverage and a high of 84.

In tropical news: according to the National Hurricane Center, the remnants of “Kirk” have re-intensified and as of late morning, “Tropical Storm Kirk” is a little stronger than a few hours ago. Highest sustained winds were at 50 mph and it was moving west at 18 mph. It was located about 360 miles east-southeast of Barbados. At this point in time, it still appears that T.S. Kirk will encounter unfavorable conditions for further intensification as it zips westward over the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern/central Caribbean.

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