A TORNADO WATCH was issued for the entire WBRZ Viewing Area.
The National Weather Service has one TORNADO WATCH for the communities of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana bis 1 O ‘clock.
A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes and/or damaging winds in and around the guard area. Keep an eye out for threatening weather conditions and pay attention to later statements and possible warnings. If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in a low-ceilinged interior of a sturdy building. More information about tornadoes and safety can be found HERE.
There is a 3/5 Increased risk for severe weather on Tuesday, with the main threats being gusty winds, heavy rain and possibly a tornado. Remember that these risks do NOT mean all areas will experience severe weather, but anyone in the risk area should be prepared for the possibility. Additionally, non-thunderstorm winds of 20-30 mph and gusts in excess of 80 mph are expected in the afternoon and evening hours.
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Tuesday afternoon: Winds this afternoon will persist from the SE at 20-30mph with some gusts possible up to 50mph. The strong onshore current will help bring high temperatures close to 60°. There will be scattered showers ahead of the main line of storms in the area before the sunsets.
The second big story will be a heavy line of rain and thunderstorms expected to rush through the region from west to east between 6pm and 11pm. Harmful wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour and heavy rain are possible within the storm line. Especially south and east of Baton Rouge, a tornado could whip up along the line and develop storm cells in front of it, but this is less likely. Rainfall ends after midnight from west to east, with winds shifting to northwest at 24 to 40 km/h. Overnight lows drop to the mid-40s.
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WHAT 2 KNOW:
STRONG WINDS: Regardless of thunderstorms, gusty winds will pose a hazard in the afternoon and evening hours. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph gusting in excess of 80 mph can damage trees and power lines.
STORM: A series of thunderstorms will pass over the area in the late afternoon and evening hours.
Chance of Wind Damage: There is a 30% chance that wind gusts greater than 60 mph will cause damage within 25 miles of any given point in the high risk area and a 15% chance in the low risk area.
Tornado Probability: There is a 10% chance that a tornado will occur within 25 miles of a given point in the high risk area and a 5% chance in the low risk area. The threat of tornadoes is extremely conditional, meaning tornadoes can only develop if warm, moist air is allowed to move inland. Therefore, the threat of tornadoes will increase from I-12 south to the coast.
Hail: Within 25 miles of a given point in the high and low risk area, there is a 5% chance of large hail.
Rain: 1-3 inches of rain is expected, with the highest amounts north and west of Baton Rouge. Isolated flooding is possible in these areas.
TIMED COORDINATION: The threat of severe weather and rain will be limited to a window between 18:00 and 23:00.
SAFETY: Given the threat of severe storms, please have access to alerts through Tuesday. You can download or activate the WBRZ WX App on your Apple or Android device or turn on a NOAA weather radio for bulletins like clocks and urgent alerts. Of course, WBRZ, WBRZ+ and the Cable Weather Channel will receive updates as the weather develops.
When a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning is issued, seek shelter in a low-ceilinged interior of a sturdy building. Bring pets (on a leash), wear hard-soled shoes, monitor storm coverage on a wireless device, and cover your head in case of a wind or tornado hit. During a flash flood warning, do not drive on flooded roads and avoid low-lying areas. You can find more information about storm safety HERE.
Next: Winds will ease further on Wednesday and remain at 10-15mph from the north-west. Cloudbursts become more likely later in the day when high temperatures subside in the mid-50s. Thursday and Friday will be clear and slightly cooler than average. Expect lows in the mid-30s and highs in the mid-50s. Saturday is expected to remain dry but rain showers will return in the second half of the weekend. Click here to view the 7-day forecast.
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