BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the areas in yellow below. Seek shelter indoors until the storms pass. The warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
A Tornado Warning was issued for the areas in red below at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The warning was canceled at 3:30 p.m. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms there was indeed a tornado in West Baton Rouge Parish near Rougan Road in the Erwinville area. The NWS says damage was done to some trees and cane fields.
More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast late Wednesday afternoon as yet another upper air disturbance moves overhead. A Marginal Risk (1 out of 5) for severe weather remains in place through Wednesday night.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday. Things will probably stay wet through about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, with rains tapering off into the evening/night.
A bit of a lull in the rain is expected overnight, but it won’t be completely dry.
Rain increases again Thursday morning and is expected to continue off and on throughout the day. Heavy downpours are the main concern, with isolated strong storms possible as well.
The local area experienced a number of severe thunder storms Wednesday morning, producing a number of downed trees and sporadic damage and debris. While a portion of the metro area was under a Tornado Warning Wednesday morning, the NWS will have to send a storm survey crew to examine the damage to determine if it was a result of a tornado or straight line winds.
In the afternoon, one or two storms could have the potential of producing damaging winds. We can’t totally rule out a stray tornado, but the threat for wind damage would be the main concern, albeit a low threat.
Periods of heavy rain could result in some localized street flooding so be mindful of that for the evening drive. Even after Wednesday evening storms push through, we still have another 24 hours of more of off and on thunderstorms.
Yet another wave of thunderstorms is set to arrive for Thursday morning’s drive. Once again, we have a low-end threat for localized street flooding and maybe one or two strong to severe storms.
Finally, the series of storm systems will begin to exit the region Thursday evening. A strong plume of Saharan dust is expected to move over the Gulf Coast states beginning Friday. This may limit rain chances some and provide colorful sunrises and sunsets for a few days. The dust could also result in poor air quality especially for those with breathing conditions. The dust will last into the start of the weekend.
By Sunday, a more typical summer time weather pattern is forecast to set up. Expect hot and humid conditions with pop-up showers and t-storms mainly during the afternoon hours. This pattern continues for the majority of next week.
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