BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Severe weather is threatening southeast Louisiana Sunday evening into Monday morning.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is activating its Crisis Action Team due to the dangerous weather conditions that will likely continue Sunday evening. By noon Sunday, hail, dangerous winds and street flooding have been reported in some regions.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the state in the high-risk category for tornadoes, which is rare for Louisiana. That area extends from western-central Louisiana to north Louisiana. That means there is a threat of EF-2 or greater tornadoes in those areas. Damaging winds in excess of 75 mph and large hail are possible.
The significant tornado potential will spread across the lower Mississippi Valley into the evening hours. Much of the rest of the state is currently in the moderate and enhanced risk categories. Excessive rainfall is also expected with 3-6 inches or higher falling in many areas by Monday morning.
"Conditions change quickly as these types of weather systems move across the region. I can't stress the importance of monitoring your local media and the four National Weather Service offices that cover our state for potentially lifesaving weather alerts," said GOHSEP director James Waskom. "Maintaining that awareness, preparing your emergency kits and taking any actions to protect your property, businesses and pets are critical when facing this type of threat."
Waskom warns that if you must travel, be aware of the potential road issues due to the weather conditions.