Entire WBRZ viewing area under tornado watch until 3am
BATON ROUGE- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 3AM on Monday morning. We are also under a flash flood watch until 1PM on Monday.
A tornado watch means that conditions are conducive for severe storms which can produce tornadoes. The chance for a strong tornado at or above EF2 classification may be possible somewhere in the area as well.
We are currently under a slight risk for severe weather. Stability indices for this event seem to be somewhat favorable for some tornadic development in southeast Louisiana. Strong deep-layer wind shear on top of the very moist airmass over our area will help create conditions favorable for rotating storms. Other hazards include the possibility of strong winds and large hail. Currently our thinking is that the hail threat is greater toward our northwest, but the possibility does exist here in southeast Louisiana.
We are also concerned with localized flooding, with rainfall estimates between 1-2 inches. Greater rainfall totals will likely be higher toward central Mississippi.
Currently, most models call for the stronger storms to move through the Baton Rouge area a little before midnight, lingering into the early morning hours.
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