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  • Walker residents say divine intervention protected them from severe storm Play Video

    May 13, 2017 11:40 PM

    WALKER - Residents say a higher power saved them when Friday's storm struck their neighborhood. Tonya Slay lives in this community off Courtney Road in Walker. Slay's neighborhood was hit hard Friday with 100 mile per hour straight line winds in the afternoon , according to the national... more »
  • 2-year-old Tennessee girl dies after strong winds blow over goal post

    April 30, 2017 8:57 PM

    TENNESSEE - A 2-year-old girl in Tennessee has died after being struck by a heavy, metal soccer goal post that was blown over by high winds. The Metro Nashville Police Department posted on its Twitter page on Sunday evening that Melanie Espinoza Rodriguez was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where... more »
  • 1 killed in Arkansas in storms; 4 dead in Texas

    April 30, 2017 12:28 PM

    CANTON, Texas - Severe storms that moved across Arkansas are blamed for at least one death there. Police say 65-year-old Julia Schwede was killed when a tree was blown into her home Saturday night. The storms were among several in parts of the South and Midwest. In Texas, at least... more »
  • Weather Service counts 17 tornadoes in Louisiana outbreak

    April 5, 2017 9:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least 17 tornadoes struck Louisiana during a severe weather outbreak that began Sunday and ended Monday. A Sunday morning storm flipped a Breaux Bridge mobile home, killing 38-year-old Francine Gotch and her 3-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Alexander. It's rated EF-1... more »
  • Lightning blamed for fires in Shreveport

    April 2, 2017 6:35 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Lightning may be to blame for several fires in the Shreveport area Sunday. The storm sweeping across the South is believed to be the cause of a tanker fire in south Shreveport Sunday morning. The fire, which was reported around 10 a.m., closed Harts Island Road from... more »
  • Gov. Edwards holds press conference to discuss severe weather across Louisiana Play Video

    April 2, 2017 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is activating its Crisis Action Team due to dangerous weather that will likely continue through Sunday evening. Governor John Bel Edwards, along with emergency preparedness and response officials, held a press conference at GOHSEP headquarters at 4... more »
  • Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought

    March 4, 2017 11:50 AM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's prime minister says 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people. This is the first drought-related death toll announced by Somalia's government since it declared a national disaster on Tuesday. The... more »
  • The time is now: Your Severe Weather Safety Plan Play Video

    March 3, 2017 2:37 PM

    Tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and flash floods can occur at any time of the year. However, late winter and spring usually bring the greatest chance of these severe weather events occurring in Louisiana. The goal of severe weather awareness is to call attention to the threats posed... more »
  • Several tornadoes hit Central Texas

    February 20, 2017 8:48 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Authorities say severe storms have pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas, ripping the roofs from homes in San Antonio and toppling freight train cars near Austin. No major injuries have been reported from the storms that moved across the area late Sunday and early Monday.... more »
  • An evening date with rain and storms

    February 14, 2017 7:17 AM

    Strong storms are possible this evening prior to a cooler and quieter second half of the week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: After a dry beginning, clouds are expected to increase through Valentine’s Day and showers and thunderstorms may disrupt some plans later. As of now, timing brings... more »
  • UPDATE: strong storms possible Tuesday Morning

    February 7, 2017 6:56 AM

    The atmosphere has destabilized a bit more than expected, and it now appears possible that a few strong thunderstorms will be possible today. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: The first half of your Tuesday will be unsettled. Showers and thunderstorms are expected through early afternoon. A few storms... more »
  • Severe weather risk now centered on Baton Rouge

    January 20, 2017 7:18 AM

    With a 2pm update, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction center has included the entire WBRZ Weather Forecast area in an "enhanced risk" for severe storms. The city of Baton Rouge is in the center of the greatest threat area. THE FORECAST: Today through Tomorrow: The week will... more »
  • UPDATE: heavy rain prompts flash flood warning in Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 9:40 AM

    ***FLASH FLOOD WARNING*** for East Baton Rouge has been extended until 2:30 p.m. ***FLASH FLOOD WATCH*** for the entire forecast area except Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana Parishes and Wilkinson County until 6 p.m. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Heavy thunderstorms will continue into the afternoon. Localized... more »
  • Coffee shops stay busy during severe cold weather Play Video

    January 7, 2017 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Following the severe cold weather in the area, residents found refuge in their local coffee shops. Although Friday was windy, cold and rainy, Saturday turned out to be warm and steamy for those at Magpie Cafe looking for their hot cup of joe. Crowds showed... more »
  • Authorities: Georgia woman killed in storms

    January 3, 2017 10:00 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - Authorities have reported a sixth death as the result of strong storms that swept through the South: a woman in Georgia. Albany, Georgia, Fire Chief Ron Rowe said Tuesday that he did not have any details about exactly how the woman was killed. Her identity has not... more »
  • Tornado threat shifts east across South

    January 2, 2017 8:34 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Severe weather is exiting Louisiana in time for the Sugar Bowl game Monday night between Auburn University and the University of Oklahoma, but thunderstorms and some tornadoes remain a threat in southern Alabama, southwest Georgia and northwest Florida. Those areas remain under a tornado watch until late... more »
  • Severe weather causes damage, outages across several parishes

    January 2, 2017 2:52 PM

    Severe weather on Monday afternoon caused several power outages and damage across multiple parishes. Entergy reported outages affecting about 3,262 in Pointe Coupee Parish and reported about 1,781 residents without power in East Feliciana. Additionally, about 613 residents were reported without power in West Feliciana Parish. Outages were reported... more »
  • Communities impacted by March flooding may receive lost revenue assistance loans

    December 6, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Local governments that were impacted by severe weather in the spring may now be eligible for federal loans if they have revenue shortfalls. FEMA's Community Disaster Loan Program may provide loans of up to $5 million to eligible applicants who lost more than five percent of... more »
  • East Feliciana schools to dismiss early due to severe weather approaching

    November 28, 2016 12:58 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – School officials have announced that East Feliciana parish schools will be dismissed earlier today due to severe weather approaching. Officials say that schools will dismiss at 2:15 p.m. instead of 3:15 p.m. There are currently two severe weather threats . The first first is expected for Monday... more »
  • Two severe weather threats: today, tomorrow night

    November 28, 2016 7:13 AM

    A dynamic storm system will bring two threats for severe weather this week—today and tomorrow night. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: With highs returning to the upper 70s, expect increasing clouds today with a line of showers and thunderstorms pushing in later this afternoon. A few storms could... more »
  • Midday showers and storms, a few could be strong

    April 27, 2016 7:10 AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has included much of the WBRZ Weather forecast area in a “slight risk” for severe storms on Wednesday. Gusty wind and hail are the main threats. Carry on with the day as usual; just keep your severe weather safety plan in mind and stay in touch... more »
  • Severe storms likely along Central Gulf Coast Tuesday

    February 23, 2016 7:08 AM

    A strong storm system advancing into Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi will generate showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday Afternoon. Today and Tonight: Unseasonably warm and muggy air will be in place with high temperatures reaching for the low 70s by early afternoon. Skies will be mostly cloudy. Breaks... more »
  • Busy weather next three days

    February 22, 2016 6:59 AM

    From scattered showers, to severe storms, to falling temperatures the Baton Rouge area will experience an array of changing weather through Tuesday. Today and Tonight: The new week begins cloudy and rainy. Expect an overcast day with periods of rain across the region. Highs will be near 70... more »
  • S.E. Louisiana and S.W. Mississippi face enhanced severe weather threat Thursday

    January 21, 2016 7:40 AM

    A large and vigorous storm system will bring rain and potentially severe thunderstorms to the Baton Rouge area on Thursday Afternoon and Evening before strengthening into a powerful Nor’Easter in the Mid-Atlantic on Friday and Saturday. Today and Tonight: Thursday will be mostly cloudy and mild with high... more »
  • Wednesday storms could produce damaging wind, a tornado

    December 23, 2015 9:22 AM

    The region is at risk for severe thunderstorms fed by an unseasonably warm, humid air mass. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Any thunderstorms that develop on Wednesday could produce strong wind gusts or even a brief tornado. Be sure that family and friends traveling... more »
  • Unsettled week ahead

    December 21, 2015 6:50 AM

    Warm and wet will be the best words to sum up the next 7 days. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Rain and thunderstorms will become increasingly more likely throughout the day. The most likely time period for rain on Monday will be 10am – dusk. Rain... more »
  • Unseasonable warmth through Saturday, gusty storms possible Sunday

    December 11, 2015 7:25 AM

    A pair of warm days will be followed by a strong cold front crossing the region on Sunday. With that, there is a chance of severe weather. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wrapping up the week, the Baton Rouge area will have a partly sunny sky... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension parishes ready for possible flooding

    November 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Emergency officials in Livingston and Ascension parishes said they're getting assets ready in case of flash flooding or other sever weather tonight or tomorrow. Livingston Parish said sandbags are available in the following locations for their residents: Fire Dist 9 (23634 HWY 22) Fire Dist 8... more »
  • Tornado Watch issued for part of the area

    November 17, 2015 1:49 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a *TORNADO WATCH* for parts of the WBRZ Weather forecast area until 8pm. As thunderstorms develop, the main threats will include a few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts up to 70mph. Rain and thunderstorms will increase through the afternoon. Isolated... more »
  • Heavy rain, severe storms possible in Louisiana, Mississippi

    November 17, 2015 7:07 AM

    A strong fall storm system will bring heavy rain and severe thunderstorms to the Gulf South Tuesday into Wednesday before a sharp cool down. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: There are a few days each year where we ask that you pay extra attention to the... more »
  • Monitoring a severe storms threat

    November 16, 2015 7:27 AM

    Humidity and showers will return Monday with heavy rain and strong storms possible by mid-week. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Look for a mostly cloudy day with showers and possibly a thunderstorm after the lunch hours. Onshore flow, southeast winds around 10mph, will return humidity to... more »
  • The second severe weather season awakens

    November 9, 2015 1:45 PM

    The spring surge of tropical moisture clashing with winter leftovers in the Midwest and Gulf South, makes March to May prime tornado season. Not to be underestimated though, is the arrival of cold air displacing lingering summer humidity southward. Indeed, October – December offers a fair... more »
  • Less than 200 residents without power due to severe weather

    October 31, 2015 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy is working to restore power for those in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes due to the severe weather passing over southeastern Louisiana. Entergy said they have crews out assisting in restoring power. According to Entergy, more than 800 residents in the entire state... more »
  • Storm shakes nerves Tuesday Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The weather will subside slightly Wednesday after a quick and severe weather event Tuesday. A strong storm knocked out power to thousands, blew over trees and created dicey lightning that hit trees and buildings. The St. George Fire Department said it responded to a dozen weather-related... more »
  • Universities cancel classes due to severe weather

    April 27, 2015 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Universities canceled classes in Baton Rouge after severe weather moved through the area Monday morning. LSU issued their cancellation just before 10 a.m., after the city-parish was under a tornado warning and hit with heavy wind and rain. Southern University followed suit and announced they were... more »
  • Tornado warning for East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish

    April 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Weather Service says a line of severe thunderstorms is moved across south Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a Tornado Warning for: Southeastern West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Lousiaiana. Northwestern Livingston Parish... more »
  • Severe weather drops hail, power lines in SE Louisiana

    April 15, 2015 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Severe weather prompted tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon for several parishes in southeast Louisiana. The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a tornado warning for St. John and St. James the Baptist Parishes just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after severe storms flared up. That warning was... more »
  • State offices set to close Tuesday due to winter weather

    February 23, 2015 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say some state government offices in 42 parishes will be closed on Tuesday due to forecasted severe winter weather. Commissioner Kristy Nichols announced the closures Monday afternoon due to the forecasted hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages forecasted from the severe weather. ... more »
  • Red Cross responding following severe weather Play Video

    April 28, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The American Red Cross is helping out those in Arkansas and several other states affected by Sunday's deadly tornadoes. A volunteer team from south Louisiana will depart on Tuesday for Arkansas to manage Red Cross health services. More than 200 people spent the night in shelters... more »
  • Building destroyed, RVs flipped during strong storms

    May 22, 2013 3:02 PM

    MORGAN CITY - Police in Morgan City said strong storms and a possible tornado damaged businesses and RVs this afternoon. Police said they received several reports of strong winds and hail starting around noon, along with tornado reports. They responded to several complaints of downed trees and power lines,... more »
  • Kids rescued from rubble at Okla. elementary

    May 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    MOORE, Okla. - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado... more »
  • Earl K. Long no longer admitting severe patients into ER Play Video

    April 1, 2013 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital is turning people away in anticipation of its April 15 closure date. As of April 1, the hospital is no longer admitting patients with severe injuries who would have to be kept overnight. Those patients will be sent to other hospitals... more »
  • Tornado at Iberville Parish plant caught on tape Play Video

    January 10, 2013 1:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A tornado damaged an industrial chemical plant in Iberville Parish as severe weather moved through southern Louisiana this morning. Surveillance cameras at the SNF Flopam plant caught footage of the twister as it moved through the area near the plant. The plant was staffed as the... more »
  • CDC says data shows worsening flu season

    January 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years. Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it. In the last week... more »

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