GOHSEP issues alert with more possible severe weather coming

GOHSEP issues alert with more possible severe weather coming

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urges the public to be prepared as another round of potentially dangerous weather is forecast for the next few days.

According to the National Weather Service, there could be 1-3 inches of rain each day in certain areas. The Flash Flood Watch for much of South Louisiana is in effect through Friday evening and could be extended into Saturday. There is a minimal chance for severe weather. Large hail and damaging winds will be the main concerns, but the NWS advises not to rule out isolated tornadoes.

"We urge you to monitor your local forecast and look for notices from the National Weather Service," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "Some areas this week have already dealt with issues like street flooding, wind damage and hail. Those conditions could be an issue again this weekend. Be safe and Get A Game Plan."

Flooding causes more deaths than any other thunderstorm related hazard, according to the NWS. Officials advise people to turn around while driving through dangerous flood water as that is when more than half of those drownings occur. 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock and adult off their feet, and 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car.

People can receive emergency alerts with the new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. That app and the GOHSEP's Get a Game Plan App are available for download on smart phones or tablets.

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