BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
UPDATE: As of 9:38 p.m., the hurricane watch has been lifted. The original story is below.
We will need to keep a watchful eye to the sky today as severe weather is a possibility.
Earlier this morning the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma issued a slight risk for severe weather for the WAFB viewing area. This outlook indicated a 15% chance of seeing severe weather.
At 2 PM the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for Southwest Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana until 10 PM. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes and other forms of severe weather including strong damaging winds and hail. With lots of outdoor events going on across the area it is very important to closely monitor the weather situation this afternoon and evening.
Areas under the watch include: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, St. John The Baptist, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge.
Lightning and heavy rain will also be an issue as t-storms develop and move across the area.
A strong line of t-storms is expected to move into metro Baton Rouge during the late afternoon to early evening. If you see lightning you need to seek shelter in doors.
If a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning is issued for your area you should seek shelter immediately in a sturdy building.
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