FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Severe weather, tornado threats Saturday

FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Severe weather, tornado threats Saturday
A tornado watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for parts of the viewing area (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A First Alert Action Day remains in place for Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has raised the risk level for the local area.

A tornado watch was issued for northern parts of the viewing area until 9 p.m. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the possible development of tornadoes.

The NW corner of the WAFB viewing area is now under a Moderate Risk (4 out of 5) while the remainder of the WAFB viewing area is now under an Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5).

WAFB Alexa Weather Briefing

We expect the worst of the weather to arrive by late afternoon into the evening between 5 - 11 p.m.

Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)

All modes of severe weather remain possible. The most likely:

  • Damaging Wind of 60-70 mph
  • Strong damaging tornadoes up to EF3 strength
  • Quarter to golf-ball-sized hail
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)

Here are a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Make sure to have a way to receive severe weather warning alerts either by a weather radio or smart device with the free WAFB First Alert Weather App.
  • People that live in mobile homes should attempt to find sturdier structures to seek shelter in today.
  • Secure any loose items in your yard to prevent flying debris.
  • Park your vehicles under a carport or garage to prevent hail damage.
  • Get sandbags at the following BREC sites: · BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds – 16072 Airline Highway · BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Meyer Road · BREC Cadillac Street – 6117 Cadillac Street · BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Road · BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 South Flannery Road · BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Lane · BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss Street · BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Road Residents are urged to bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags. Real-time sandbag locations can be found here.
  • Make sure to know your tornado safe space (interior most portion of your home with no windows; usually a bathroom or closet) and make sure your children know where to go as well.
  • Have flashlights easily accessible in case power goes out, and also keep a battery charge on your smart phone.
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: NWS)
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: NWS)

Saturday is expected to be a windy day with sustained winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of 35 mph possible. This alone could cause small tree limbs to snap creating power outages before storms even arrive. The severe weather threat will come to an end once a cold front pushes through the area late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

You can keep an eye on updates below:

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Nothing to report at this time.

HIGH WATER

  • Nothing to report at this time.

OUTAGES

  • Entergy customers are experiencing outages around the city. Click here to view. If you see a downed line, call 1-800-968-8243 immediately to report it. Keep far away from the line (and any debris that may be around it), as the line may still be energized.

DOWNED TREES

  • Tree on a home on Partridgewood Drive in Central, Louisiana.
  • Tree on a home in the 2800 block of March Street in Zachary, Louisiana.
  • Tree in the roadway in the 23200 block of Treakle Road in Zachary, Louisiana.
  • Tree on a home in the 6300 block of Glen Echo Drive, Baton Rouge.

The remainder of the weekend will be gorgeous.

Temperatures will start out cool and most will stay in the mid 60°s for afternoon highs Sunday. Skies will gradually clear through the day. Winds will stay breezy for at least the first half of Sunday.

It will be chilly for the morning bus stop as temperatures dip into the mid 40°s Monday morning. A warming trend will begin by Monday afternoon and continue until our next cold front arrives Thursday.

The Storm Prediction Center is already highlighting another threat for severe weather Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms appear most likely Thursday as the front pushes through the area.

Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)
Saturday has been declared a First Alert Action Day by the WAFB Storm Prediction Center. (Source: WAFB)

The front will move through quick enough to leave a nice Good Friday forecast and the nice weather looks to last through Easter Sunday.

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