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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 2:00 pm

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BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) -

An area-wide Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through mid-day Monday and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is still in effect until 2:00 PM for parishes to the west of the Atchafalaya Basin.  But all in all, the outlook for Sunday afternoon is much improved for WAFB communities!

Active storms are currently well to our north and are likely to remain there through the afternoon.  We can't rule out a t-storm or two this afternoon somewhere within the WAFB viewing area and we still expect to see a few passing showers during the afternoon hours, but the threat for severe weather during the afternoon has abated.

However, we still anticipate a Severe Weather Watch (either a T-Storm or Tornado Watch) to be posted for the WAFB viewing area later this evening or tonight.

While most of the storm energy is currently to our north, a cold front is still on schedule to move west-to-east across the viewing area later tonight.  The most likely time for thunderstorms will be during the 11:00 PM through 4:00 AM window for WAFB neighborhoods and communities.

The weather set-up continues to include a "Slight Risk" for severe weather across the viewing area in association with storms linked to the overnight east-bound cold front.  The threat looks to be greater for the northern half of the viewing area compared to the southern parishes, but the entire WAFB region should be 'on guard' tonight.

The main threats appear to be damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, with the NWS Storm Prediction Center noting that there is a possibility of seeing one or more strong EF-2 tornadoes with this event.

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