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Tornado watch ends for all of WAFB viewing area

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

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The entire WAFB viewing area was under a tornado watch for most of Thursday. It expired for all the parishes and counties by 10 p.m. 

A wind advisory was issued for Avoyelles, St. Landry and St. Mary parishes until 3 p.m. Friday.

A tornado warning had been issued for Wilkinson County that lasted until 3:15 p.m. The radar indicated a tornado moving northeast at 30 mph. Thomas Tolliver, the director of Emergency Management in Wilkinson County, said he does have spotters in the areas of concern, but as of right now, no confirmation of a tornado. 

Meteorologist Steve Caparotta said forecast models have the main line arriving in Baton Rouge between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., but there could be some strong storms ahead of the main line.

Tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are possible. Dime-sized hail has been reported in Maringouin, according to Mayor John Overton. 

A number of parishes have either cancelled after-school events or classes. The list is below.

  • Baton Rouge Community College has cancelled classes after 5 p.m. Classes will resume in the morning.
  • Wilkinson County High and elementary schools were dismissed after having been sheltered in place during a tornado warning. 
  • "Due to the potential for severe weather including possible hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes, all East Baton Rouge Parish School System elementary after-school activities will be cancelled on Thursday," a spokeswoman for EBRSS said in a written release.
  • Officials in East Feliciana Parish report public schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. due to the threat of severe weather.
  • Amite County, Mississippi schools will close at 1 p.m. Thursday and resume classes Friday due to the severe weather threat, according to Superintendent Scotty Whittington. Schools normally let out for the day at 3 p.m.
  • Public Information Officer for Ascension Parish Public Schools, Jackie Tisdell, says all after school activities and events are cancelled today due to the severe weather threat.
  • Superintendent Mark Kolwe of the Tangipahoa Parish School System issued a statement that due to the risk of severe weather, all after-school activities are canceled Thursday.

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