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Flooding storms strike Southeast Louisiana

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Posted: May 28, 2014 1:32 PM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: May 28, 2014 1:36 PM
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Flooding storms strike Southeast Louisiana

A large batch of thunderstorms brought more than a foot of rain to some portions of Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday Morning.

As of 1pm Wednesday, radar estimations indicated rainfall totals in excess of 12" for areas in and around Lafayette along with rural sections of Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parishes. National Weather Service Mesonet observations from across the region have returned rain gauge readings as high as 8.79" in Rayne, 8.40" in Donaldsonville with 4.75" recorded in Baton Rouge.

Many roadways, yards and areas of poor drainage have seen pooling of water and flash flood warnings covered most Parishes south of Interstates 10 & 12.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in place for the entire forecast area until 7pm Thursday with at least one more batch of heavy thunderstorms expected to rumble through.

5 tornado warnings were issued between 4am - 12pm Wednesday as well. National Weather Service storm surveyors confirmed that an EF-1 tornado did touch down in St. John the Baptist Parish near Garyville. Meteorologists examining the storm damage report the tornado to have been on the ground for 2 miles with a 150 yard wide path of damage. Maximum winds are estimated to have been near 105mph. There was some sporadic structural damage as well as several downed trees and power lines.

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