*SEVERE T-STORM WATCH* issued for part of WBRZ Weather Forecast area
The National Weather Service has issued a *SEVERE T-STORM WATCH* for parts of the WBRZ Weather forecast area until 7pm.
Locations within the SEVERE T-STORM WATCH area include the parishes of East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena and West Feliciana in Louisiana and the Counties of Amite, Pike and Wilkinson in Mississippi.
Showers have been light and widely scattered through the early afternoon hours. However, some sunshine has led to temperatures warming into the upper 70s and destabilization of the atmosphere. Moisture has increased with dew points moving into the low 60s and wind shear is favorable for organized storm cells. While not all storms will be severe, some will be capable of large hail, damaging wind gusts and possibly a tornado. Coverage and intensity of storms is expected to increase through the afternoon hours, and then slacken into the night as heating fades.
Threats: 1. Large Hail | 2. Damaging Wind | 3. Isolated Tornado | 4. Frequent Lightning
Coverage and Timing: The greatest threat for severe storms will occur through 7pm. Storms will be scattered to isolated in nature with the highest chance for severe storms in the watch area north of I-12 in the Florida Parishes and adjacent Mississippi Counties.
Remember: A SEVERE T-STORM WATCH watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.
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