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  • 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 »
  • Governor proclaims State of Emergency, state offices closed in many parishes following severe weather

    March 10, 2016 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the state, Thursday evening. This proclamation is necessary in order to make resources ready and able to assist citizens affected by severe weather. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor will travel to Puachita, Caddo, and Bossier... more »
  • 3,500 homes in north Bossier City evacuated

    March 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    BOSSIER CITY- Officials in north Louisiana have evacuated 3,500 homes in Bossier City as a precaution as Red Chute Bayou approaches the top of its levee. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Hansford says the bayou may top the levee or be breached. Hansford say heavy rain continued across much of... more »
  • Severe weather to strike, people prepare for the worst Play Video

    March 10, 2016 12:09 AM

    ST. JAMES - With a severe weather system moving into the area , some people are concerned about alert systems for tornadoes. While this storm isn't expected to be as bad as the one two weeks ago, people say it's best to be prepared. East and West Baton Rouge, Livingston,... more »
  • State of Emergency declared in North Louisiana due to severe weather

    March 9, 2016 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards called for a State of Emergency for several North Louisiana parishes Wednesday afternoon in the wake of Wednesday's severe weather. The parishes covered by the declaration include Acadia, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, East Carroll, Grant Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland,... more »
  • Ascension Parish Public Schools to remain open despite forecasted severe weather

    March 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Public Schools say they’ll remain open Thursday despite a severe weather threat, but officials say they’re continuing to monitor the situation and will post updates online. A release from school administrators Wednesday afternoon said that officials continue to actively monitor weather forecasts, and they are... more »
  • Increased threat for severe weather today, heavy rain tomorrow

    March 9, 2016 7:27 AM

    The next three days will bring most of the activity that has been forecast since last week. Today and Tonight: Expect showers and thunderstorms to increase through Wednesday. By the afternoon hours, a few storms could be severe with gusty wind and an isolated tornado possible.... more »
  • Mayor Holden warns of likely strong storms headed for area

    March 7, 2016 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service says a large storm system could bring heavy rain and the possibly of tornadoes to the Deep South this week. Greg Carbin is a forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. He says some areas from Louisiana to Alabama could see... more »
  • SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Wind and Hail

    February 29, 2016 10:56 AM

    The National Weather Service issues a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING when a storm is capable of producing, winds of 58mph or greater, hail up to one-inch in diameter or a tornado. Straight-line winds produced by severe thunderstorms can produce as much or more damage than a weak... more »
  • Governor Edwards Declares Severe Weather Awareness Week

    February 29, 2016 10:48 AM

    Meteorologically speaking, it is now severe weather season for Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. While tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and flash floods can occur at any time of the year, now through May is the time in which these hazards most often occur. As such, the week of... more »
  • SPC: Tuesday's tornadoes set one-day record for Feb. in La.

    February 26, 2016 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Officials at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, say the 12 tornadoes on Tuesday that hit Louisiana set a record for the most in a day in February. Meteorologist Greg Carbin says the new state record more than doubled the old record of six in... more »
  • FULL REPORT: 13 tornadoes confirmed by National Weather Service

    February 26, 2016 10:55 AM

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that 13 tornadoes struck Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, February 23. The following is their full report including final ratings, estimated winds, paths and a summary of damage findings. The report has not been altered with the exception of some... more »
  • Assumption Parish opening storm debris disposal location

    February 26, 2016 10:43 AM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH- The Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is opening a spot for people to throw out debris that was left behind by the severe weather earlier this week. According to a news release sent out Friday, the Ezeikel Street site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5... more »
  • Assumption Parish schools to reopen Thursday

    February 24, 2016 7:05 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Schools in Assumption Parish are set to reopen Thursday after they were closed Wednesday behind a series of strong storms. All schools in parish will be back open with classes resuming as regularly scheduled. School administrators said if anyone is in need of assistance due... more »
  • 2 confirmed dead, 30 hurt after tornado rips through St. James Parish RV park Play Video

    February 23, 2016 5:50 PM

    CONVENT - Two people have been confirmed dead and 30 people were injured at the scene of a trailer park in St. James Parish that was hit by a tornado Tuesday afternoon. UPDATE: There are people unaccounted for after storm kills people in St. James Parish Tuesday. —... more »
  • Storms destroy dozens of homes, businesses in Assumption Parish

    February 23, 2016 5:44 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - About a dozen homes and businesses were destroyed in Assumption Parish during Tuesday’s bout of severe storms that brought tornadoes to the area. The intersection of La 70 and La 1 remains closed following the weather event. People were trapped in homes, but they’ve been rescued by... more »
  • Livingston deputies: Tornado spotted near Satsuma Play Video

    February 23, 2016 2:59 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Sheriff’s deputies in Livingston Parish say a tornado was spotted near the Satsuma area earlier Tuesday afternoon. Several incidents have been reported in connection with the winds including a vehicle with a light pole on top on a railroad line, a truck blown over blocking 190... more »
  • Severe weather strikes early in New Orleans, locally

    February 23, 2016 1:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Anticipated severe weather came to the New Orleans area sooner than expected. Reports and video of funnel clouds and tornado warnings near New Orleans International Airport and in St. Charles Parish came with storm conditions that popped up ahead of the front expected to arrive later... more »
  • Thousands lost power in Assumption Parish in wake of tornado, storms

    February 23, 2016 1:24 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Over 8,000 people are out of power in St. John the Baptist Parish, tuesday night. Nearly 3000 people are still in the dark in Assumption Parish. Over 900 people in St. James Parish are out of power, and about 1400 people in Iberville Parish are... more »
  • Pre-filled sandbags available to Ascension Parish residents

    February 23, 2016 12:30 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials announced pre-filled sandbags are available to residents at various locations across the parish Tuesday. While major flooding isn’t expected during this afternoon’s weather event, flash flooding could be possible. Over 25,000 pre-filled sandbags have been prepared and can be obtained from seagoing containers positioned... more »
  • Tornado Watch in effect until 5 p.m.

    February 23, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service has issued a *TORNADO WATCH* for parts of the WBRZ Weather forecast area until 5pm. Locations within the TORNADO WATCH area include the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary Tangipahoa, West... more »
  • Stormy weather looms, get WBRZ weather information anywhere you are

    February 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - During severe weather, stay up-to-date with potentially hazardous situations even when you are not near a TV. In addition to heavy rain, let's also be prepared for a few severe storms this week. #LaWX #MsWX pic.twitter.com/OoI8V8W7RR — Josh Eachus WBRZ (@Josh_Eachus) March 7, 2016 ... more »
  • Most area schools are closed Tuesday due to weather threat

    February 22, 2016 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a severe weather threat, education officials across the region closed schools for Tuesday. The WBRZ News 2 Weather Team is reporting a "moderate risk" of severe weather has been issued by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. This includes the possibility for... more »

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