Severe storms pass through southeast Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued two tornado warnings for parts of southeast Louisiana Wednesday morning.

Livingston, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa parishes were under a tornado warning until 11 a.m. East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes were included in another tornado warning until 10:45 a.m.

DOTD reported Acadian Thruway will be closed intermittently between I-10 and Perkins Road during this rain event. Officials said this is due to repairs being made to one of the two pumps that operate in the pump house. They added all efforts will be made to keep the roadway open as much as possible.

A tornado watch remains in effect for parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi until noon Wednesday.

The following Louisiana parishes fall under the watch area:

  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Iberville
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St. Helena
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Mary
  • Terrebonne
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Feliciana

The following Mississippi counties are included in the watch zone:

  • Amite
  • Wilkinson

KSLA-TV in Shreveport reported severe weather in north Louisiana sent a tree crashing through a home early Wednesday morning. There was only one minor injury reported.

KPLC-TV in Lake Charles reported high winds and flooding caused problems for people in southwest Louisiana on Tuesday. Several schools there are closed Wednesday due to the threat of more severe weather.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for the Baton Rouge and surrounding area Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.

All of the above parishes and counties are included in the flash flood watch area, with the addition of St. Charles and Tangipahoa parishes, along with Pike and Walthall counties.

Forecasters said a slow-moving low is expected to bring heavy rainfall (2 - 4 inches) across the watch area. They added some areas may get as much as 6 inches of rain, especially those west of I-55.

There has also been lots of lightning associated with this line of thunderstorms and thousands of power outages, which could lead to additional problems for residents.

Don't forget to look at the StormTeam Weather Blog for even more details about what has happened and what is expected as these storms move through the area.

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