“Treat severe thunderstorm warnings as tornado warnings.”

Chief Meterologist Ashley Ruiz

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Storm Tracker Team gives live updates on Wednesday’s severe weather.

A Tornado Warning is in place for Tangipahoa Parish and western Washington parish due to the rotating storm.

A Severe Storm Warning has been issued for East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Livingston, and East Feliciana until 6 p.m.

A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for our entire area through 9 PM. This means that tornadoes are possible and that you should be *watching* the weather carefully. Be ready to act in case a warning is issued for your area. If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for your area, treat it like a Tornado Warning. Straight-line winds can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than a weak tornado.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in place for western Pointe Coupee, West and East Feliciana parishes, and Wilkinson County until 5 p.m. Damaging 60 mph winds and a tornado remain possible. Stay inside and away from windows in an interior room.

Watch the 3 p.m. stream above.

Watch the 2 p.m. stream above.

Our area is under a Moderate (threat level 4 of 5) and Enhanced Risk (threat level 3 of 5) for severe weather – This does not mean everyone will experience severe thunderstorms, but there is the potential for numerous severe storms as well as widespread wind damage. 

Risks: An intense line of storms will move through our area (from west to east) during the afternoon and evening hours. Within this line, we will need to watch for damaging winds in excess of 60-70 miles per hour, a few tornadoes (some strong EF2+), small hail, and brief downpours. 

Keep in mind, winds will be strong even BEFORE storms arrive. Frequent gusts 40-50 mph can be expected before storms arrive. High wind alerts are in effect from Wednesday morning through Wednesday night.

Potential Threats: Damaging straight-line winds over 60 mph, a few tornadoes (including the potential for strong tornadoes), hail, and very heavy rain. 

Timing: Main window of opportunity for strong to severe storms to develop in our area will roughly be around 2 PM through 7 PM. Storms may fire up before then. Storms will not linger in our area. In fact, storms will move in and out of your neighborhood over the span of 1-3 hours.

How to Prepare: Be sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts. Secure any loose outdoor decor because it will be windy, even outside of thunderstorms. Brush up on your severe weather safety plan – know where your safe place is and be sure that your safe place is ready for you, your family, and your pets. Know where to go if you will not be home. If you live in a mobile home, consider relocating to secure building until storms pass. 

For an explainer of where you should go in case severe weather strikes, click here

You can always check out the Interactive Radar here

For the latest forecast information, check out our weather page

Remember that you can download our weather app. It’s available to download now in the App Store and Google Play. Just search for “BR Proud Weather”.