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WBRZ viewer's storm pictures prompt NWS storm report

10 months 4 days 20 hours ago February 03, 2016 Feb 3, 2016 Wednesday, February 03 2016 February 03, 2016 12:23 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BAYWOOD - Overnight storms caused trees to fall and twisted a trampoline in this small river-side community along the Amite River in the northeastern corner of East Baton Rouge.

A viewer emailed pictures of damage near her house to WBRZ meteorologist Josh Eachus who alerted the National Weather Service. The NWS routinely investigates claims of storm damage and determined the pictures were damage associated with a severe thunderstorm that prompted a weather alert around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The above photo, provided to WBRZ by Kim Pamplin, shows the damage an overnight storm did to property in Baywood, La. northwest of downtown Baton Rouge along the Amite River.

"We appreciate any and all weather photos sent into us. They really help to verify our forecasts and National Weather Service warnings," Eachus said.

A severe thunderstorm warning is issued for a storm capable of producing winds of at least 58 mph, and/or hail at least 1" in diameter or a tornado. In Baywood, the high winds snapped trees in half - one very large pine tree, too - and damaged the trampoline.

The NWS was set to release a storm report on the Baywood incident later Wednesday.

Click HERE to read the weather blog Josh writes each day. His forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday includes some near-freezing temperatures.

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