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  • TORNADO WATCH issued for parts of the area

    May 3, 2017 8:42 AM

    UPDATE: ALL tornado watches have expired all across the Gulf Coast The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. James, St, Mary and West Feliciana Parishes until 5pm Wednesday. A TORNADO WATCH means conditions are... more »
  • Strong storms, heavy rain possible through tonight Play Video

    May 3, 2017 7:17 AM

    A two-part, two-pronged weather event threatens the area with severe storms and heavy rain today. Be safe, review your severe weather plans. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Any early sunshine will help a high temperature approach 80 degrees. Clouds will quickly build with showers and thunderstorms developing around... more »
  • Next round of severe weather, heavy rain tomorrow Play Video

    May 2, 2017 7:04 AM

    After a warm afternoon, more severe storms and heavy rain will give way to a significant early May cool down. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Another pleasant, but milder afternoon is expected with sunshine stretching high temperatures into the mid 80s. The U.V. Index (11) will be extreme,... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Strong storms, heavy rain possible through Monday

    April 2, 2017 9:50 AM

    A strong storm system will bring the risk of flooding, tornadoes and gusty wind to the central Gulf Coast Sunday into Monday. Those in the forecast area should be reviewing preparedness and safety plans for flooding and severe weather . An area of showers and thunderstorms will develop late Sunday... more »
  • Steady rain ending, isolated storms possible later Play Video

    March 30, 2017 6:43 AM

    Steady rain is ending from west to east but still may cause some lingering issues during the morning commute. Isolated showers and storms are then possible this afternoon before a cold front clears the region. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms are expected—especially through dawn and... more »
  • Have a plan, storms to threaten while many are asleep

    March 29, 2017 5:48 PM

    Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin tonight. The greatest threat for severe weather will be overnight, shortly after storms begin. Damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible—especially in areas north and west of Baton Rouge. These overnight threats make it really important to have a way... more »
  • Quiet Wednesday, stormy on Thursday Play Video

    March 29, 2017 7:02 AM

    By Thursday, a storm system will bring another risk of severe weather to the area. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Wednesday will offer one more tranquil and warm afternoon. High temperatures will make it into the mid 80s with some sun, but clouds should tend to increase in... more »
  • Risk for more severe weather on Thursday

    March 28, 2017 10:08 AM

    Thunderstorms could cause hail and gusty wind on Thursday. Here is an updated forecast from the WBRZ Weather Team. The risk for severe weather on Thursday continues to increase. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a “Day 3 Convective Outlook” highlighting the WBRZ Weather forecast... more »
  • Dry and warm again, watching weekend storm system Play Video

    March 23, 2017 6:50 AM

    The week will end quiet though some changes will be noted Friday ahead of stormy weather into Saturday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: A very weak front crossed the area yesterday leaving slightly drier air in the local area. So once again, sunny skies are anticipated on Thursday... more »
  • What you should know: lightning Play Video

    March 8, 2017 9:49 AM

    Lightning kills every year, averaging 49 deaths annually in the United States. Few areas see more lightning than Louisiana and because it happens so often, locals have a tendency to take it lightly. 4 people were killed by lightning in Louisiana last year—one in Baton Rouge. All four were outside.... more »
  • What you should know: tornadoes Play Video

    March 8, 2017 9:19 AM

    A Tornado Warning is issued when the National Weather Service detects a rotating thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado, or storm spotters confirm that one is on the ground. A tornado emergency is declared when populated areas are in the path of a confirmed tornado on the ground. ... more »
  • What you should know: severe thunderstorms Play Video

    March 6, 2017 12:09 PM

    A Severe Thunderstorm warning is issued when the National Weather Service detects a thunderstorm that is capable of producing wind gusts of in excess of 58 miles per hour or hail that is over one-inch in diameter. Severe Thunderstorms can even produce flash flooding and tornadoes. While lightning is certainly... more »
  • Residents in Donaldsonville count their blessings after Tuesday Tornado Play Video

    February 7, 2017 11:22 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Cell phone video captured the frightening tornado that crashed through Donaldsonville Tuesday morning. Residents who saw the twister close up said it looked like a cloud of dust and fire. "It was a transformer blowing up, and when the transformer blew, it came and we ran in... more »
  • Scenes of disaster after storm hits New Orleans

    February 7, 2017 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Parts of eastern New Orleans are looking like a disaster area following a line of severe weather that just blew through the city. The storm flipped over cars, tore roofs off homes, ripped through a gas station canopy, broke tall power poles off their foundations, flipped a... more »
  • VIDEO: Tuesday twisters wreak havoc on the region Play Video

    February 7, 2017 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven tornadoes were reported in six Louisiana parishes as severe weather blasted the area Tuesday morning. Reports of tornadoes and injuries started before lunch in Ascension and Livingston Parish. By the afternoon, the skies cleared, the sun baked the wet ground and people came to realize... 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 »
  • Curfew issued for Zachary residents

    August 14, 2016 7:45 PM

    ZACHARY – A curfew has been issued for the residents of Zachary due to the severe weather, according to the Zachary Police Department. The curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday. The police department is asking for residents to stay off of... more »
  • Governor Edwards to discuss severe weather on Saturday

    August 12, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that a press conference will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 to discuss the severe weather in the state. The press conference will take place after a briefing of the United Command Group at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and... more »
  • Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency after flooding

    August 12, 2016 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Heavy downpours pounded parts of the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday, forcing the rescue of dozens of people stranded in homes by waist-high water and leaving one man dead who became trapped by floodwaters. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as... more »
  • List of open shelters and sandbag locations

    August 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    With flood water rising, many viewers have contacted the station looking for locations where sandbags can be picked up and where shelters are located. The following are locations for shelters: EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH Jewel J. Newman Community Center - 2013 Central Rd., Baton Rouge BREC Park... more »
  • Heavy rain, flooding in St. Charles prompts emergency notice

    August 11, 2016 3:02 PM

    HAHNVILLE - Heavy rain and resulting flooding has prompted St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran to declare a state of emergency. In a statement Thursday, Cochran says the move is precautionary in anticipation of further rainfall later this week. The Department of Wastewater has put a sewer notice... more »
  • More than 1,000 without power in EBR Parish

    July 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thunderstorms accompanied by numerous lightning strikes caused power outages in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas on Thursday afternoon. By 1:30 p.m., Entergy's outage map was showing more than 1,300 customers were in the dark. The only other parish in the surrounding area with significant outages... more »
  • Governor requests SBA assistance in Assumption after strong winds

    June 8, 2016 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially filed a request that the U.S. Small Business Administration offer SBA Disaster Assistance loans for residents of Assumption Parish that were recently affected by severe weather. On May 19, the parish saw strong straight-line winds that caused damage to a... more »
  • Tropical rains, possible tornadoes threaten half of the US

    June 4, 2016 4:01 PM

    ATLANTA - From tropical rains to tornadoes, about half of the U.S. expected to see wet and at times severe weather this weekend. The weather caps a week of scorching temperatures out West and flooding that killed nine soldiers when their military vehicle got caught in the rushing waters of... more »
  • Rain causes re-shuffling of LSU-Florida baseball series with game 1 delayed until Saturday

    May 19, 2016 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Game 1 of the series between top-ranked Florida and No. 8 LSU was suspended Thursday night due to severe weather with the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Play was stopped with LSU rightfielder Antoine Duplantis at the plate and a runner on... more »
  • Governor Edwards names May 15 start of Hurricane Preparedness Week

    May 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards proclaimed on Sunday that May 15 – 21 will be Hurricane Preparedness Week. Edwards released a joint statement with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to urge residents to “get a game plan” for the upcoming hurricane season. “Now... more »
  • Sand bags available at St. George fire station

    May 2, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sand and bags are available to residents at the St. George Fire Department Headquarters Monday due to the severe weather from the weekend. St. George Fire Department Headquarters is located at 14100 Airline Highway. The sand and bags are free. more »
  • EBRSO: Tree cuts through home after Sunday storms

    May 2, 2016 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputies reported a tree fell on a house in the 8000 block of Greenwell Springs after Sunday’s bout of stormy weather. DEMCO and firefighters were also on the scene. Deputies said the tree fell following the heavy rain, damaging two vehicles... more »
  • UPDATE: Severe storms, flash flooding possible Saturday

    April 30, 2016 9:36 AM

    The National Weather Service has issued a *SEVERE T-STORM WATCH* for the ENTIRE WBRZ Weather forecast area until 5pm. Locations within the SEVERE T-STORM WATCH area include the parishes Tangipahoa, St. James, in Louisiana and the Pike County in Mississippi. A SEVERE T-STORM WATCH means conditions are favorable... more »
  • More rain likely in flooded Houston Tuesday

    April 19, 2016 9:38 AM

    HOUSTON - More rain is likely as Houston cleans up after more than a foot of rain swamped parts of the nation's fourth-largest city. The National Weather Service says there is a 50 percent chance of more rain falling on the Houston area Tuesday and has issued a flash... more »
  • Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

    April 18, 2016 9:34 AM

    HOUSTON - Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit. The National Weather Service says the area received up to 16 inches of rain in the 24 hours... more »
  • Tornadoes hit 3 southern states as storm heads to Carolinas

    April 1, 2016 5:18 AM

    ATLANTA- Tornadoes swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as the severe storms head toward the Carolinas. Emergency management officials Rita White and Harry Markham say one tornado touched down in Eldridge in central Alabama around 8 p.m. Thursday and another hit about hour before in Ardmore in the northern part... more »
  • EF-1 Tornado confirmed in St. Helena Parish Play Video

    March 31, 2016 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The National Weather Service determined that an EF-1 Tornado touched down near Greensburg in St. Helena Parish. NWS estimates winds up to 95 miles per hour knocked down around a dozen trees Thursday morning on Lathan Bridges Road. NWS also believes the same storm system also... more »
  • Tornado watch in effect until 9 am

    March 31, 2016 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for most of the WBRZ viewing area until 9 a.m. Thursday. According to the NWS, the watch is in effect for the following parishes: East Baton Rouge East Feliciana Livingston Pointe Coupee St. Helena St. Tammany Tangipahoa Washington West... more »
  • Thunderstorms developing today, continuing through Friday

    March 30, 2016 7:11 AM

    Unsettled weather over the next three days will bring the possibility of severe weather and 2-4” of rain. Locations north of I-12 are at greatest risk for strong storms and heavy rain. Keep in mind though, weather doesn’t obey risk categories; numbers or colors on map, so please stay weather... more »
  • Who can apply? FEMA Disaster Assistance FAQs Play Video

    March 17, 2016 6:40 PM

    Who should apply for federal disaster assistance? Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated parishes who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the ongoing severe storms and floods may apply for disaster assistance. How do I apply? Survivors in... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Flooded Interstate 10 near Beaumont closed through Monday

    March 17, 2016 11:21 AM

    BEAUMONT, Texas - Highway officials say flooded Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas will stay closed through the weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday said I-10 near Beaumont remains closed in both directions. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes because I-10 is not expected to reopen until Monday... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to meet with FEMA Administrator Thursday Play Video

    March 17, 2016 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the severe storms that battered Louisiana are a "record-breaking flood event" that inundated places that have never flooded before. Edwards thanked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday for promptly acting on the state's requests to expand the number of parishes covered... more »
  • Water forces evacuations in Washington Parish

    March 11, 2016 1:00 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - After a night of heavy rains, authorities say swollen rivers and creeks in rural Washington Parish in southeastern Louisiana have led to widespread flooding, prompting rescues from scores of homes. Mike Haley, a chief deputy for the parish's sheriff, says dozens of homes have been flooded... more »
  • SLIDESHOW: Widespread flooding in Tangipahoa after storm

    March 11, 2016 11:22 AM

  • Nearly 500 rescued from high water in Hammond Play Video

    March 11, 2016 8:44 AM

    HAMMOND- Emergency crews across Tangipahoa Parish have their hands full with widespread flooding and heavy rainfall. Authorities spent early Friday morning responding to calls about people trapped by the high flood waters. According to WWL-TV, nearly 200 stranded people had to be rescued throughout the Hammond area Friday morning. However... more »
  • More rain and flooding to come Friday Play Video

    March 10, 2016 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are asking residents throughout the state to be prepared for more heavy rain on Friday. Drivers should avoid flooded areas, or areas known to flood easily. Several parishes have canceled school and closed their offices for Friday. Southern University, Southeastern Louisiana University, BRCC, and River Parishes... more »
  • Ascension Parish pumping stations ready for duty Play Video

    March 10, 2016 7:28 PM

    GONZALES - Public schools in Ascension Parish are already cancelled, and the parish has its pumps up and running as they are trying to keep the water from rising. Three different pumping stations in Ascension Parish are responsible for keeping floodwaters from sinking residents and their property. Each pump... more »
  • Schools in several parishes closed Friday

    March 10, 2016 4:17 PM

    With several roads closed due to heavy rainfall and storms still rolling through, multiple parishes have announced their public schools will be closed on Friday. St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes have announced they'll remain closed due to flooding. Private schools... more »
  • Death toll raised to 3 in Louisiana bad weather

    March 10, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say a total of three people have died in Louisiana in connection with severe weather hitting the state. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the updated death toll Thursday. Officials late Wednesday evening said a 63-year-old man died when a car was swept off a flooded... more »
  • High water leads to road closures in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 10, 2016 3:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies say several roads are already closed due to high water that has risen as heavy rainfall began Thursday afternoon. The current closures are located in West Ascension Parish and are as follows: St. Patrick Street at Williams Street St. Patrick at the underpass Iberville... more »
  • Area universities announce closures as severe storms move into BR

    March 10, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University have announced closures as severe weather impacts the southeastern part of the state. LSU has announced all classes starting at 3 p.m. are canceled, and the university will close at 3:30 p.m Thursday. The university says... more »

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