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  • Trump approves disaster aid to Mississippi governments

    May 22, 2017 9:23 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - President Donald Trump has approved disaster assistance to governments and certain nonprofits in nine Mississippi counties following April 30's tornado and weather damage. Counties approved are Adams, Calhoun, Carroll, Claiborne, Holmes, Jefferson, Montgomery, Webster and Yazoo. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help governments pay for debris... more »
  • Surprise Tornado Friday: what happened? Play Video

    May 12, 2017 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Friday, an EF-1 tornado briefly touched down in East Baton Rouge Parish near Old Hammond Highway. Video confirmed the twister and damage photos verify what was surely a terrifying stretch of seconds for those nearby. Misused media phrase: "It came without warning." Usually, there... more »
  • GALLERY: Storms sweep through Baton Rouge area

    May 3, 2017 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heavy rains fell as a tornado watch was issued for the Baton Rouge area until 5.p.m Wednesday afternoon. Several photos sent in by viewers show storm clouds overhead as the rain took a break in the late afternoon. Tonight, a flash flood watch is in... more »
  • FEMA offers free legal assistance to victims of disaster fraud

    April 25, 2017 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA is offering a service that provides free legal assistance to disaster survivors who have fallen victim to disaster fraud. Disaster Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low-income survivors who have been the victims of fraudulent contractors and other scammers. DLS will allow these victims... more »
  • Mom, baby daughter killed in twister Sunday morning

    April 2, 2017 1:44 PM

    BREAUX BRIDGE - A three-year-old and her mother died in what authorities suspect was a tornado Sunday morning. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office posted information on its Facebook page that the child, Nevaeh Alexander, and the baby's mother, Francine Gotch, 38, were killed when their trailer home flipped over... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, colleagues call for assistance appeal for tornado survivors

    March 23, 2017 5:29 PM

    Congressman Cedric Richmond and members of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation have joined in on the appeal by Governor John Bel Edwards calling for additional disaster assistance for tornado survivors. Governor Edwards requested assistance for Orleans, Livingston, Ascension and St. James parishes following tornadoes that struck the area in February.... 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 »
  • Donaldsonville still recovering one month after tornado Play Video

    March 8, 2017 9:14 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - One month after devastating tornadoes ripped through South Louisiana, residents of one small town are struggling to get back on their feet. The city and parish cleaned the streets of debris almost overnight, but it appears most of the rebuilding process stopped there. Out of around... more »
  • Weather service: Oak Grove, Missouri, tornado an EF3

    March 7, 2017 8:15 AM

    KANSAS CITY - The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit Oak Grove, Missouri, was an EF3 with an estimated peak wind of 152 mph. The tornado damaged 483 homes and 10 to 12 commercial buildings, making Oak Grove the hardest-hit of several communities in Missouri raked by storms... more »
  • FEMA denies aid to multiple parishes following February tornadoes

    March 1, 2017 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded to Governor John Bel Edwards' request for federal aid for five parishes following February's tornadoes. In a letter released Wednesday, FEMA informed the governor it authorized individual assistance for both Livingston and Orleans parishes, as well as hazard mitigation... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to give update on tornado, flood relief meeting with Trump administration

    February 27, 2017 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will hold press conference on Tuesday afternoon upon returning from his visit from Washington, D.C. Edwards will provide an update on his meetings with officials from President Trump's administration as the state seeks an additional $2 billion in flood and tornado relief.... more »
  • Edwards to meet with President Trump to discuss tornado relief

    February 23, 2017 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington D.C. this weekend to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss flood and tornado relief. On Monday, Edwards will meet with President Trump and other governors. He will then meet with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and new... more »
  • Livingston mobile disaster recovery center closes Wednesday

    February 21, 2017 1:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish mobile disaster recovery center at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Government Blvd. will close this week. The center is set to close Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. FEMA announced that the need for center has diminished and parish... more »
  • Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio area

    February 20, 2017 8:49 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - At least three tornadoes have hit parts of San Antonio and its suburbs, damaging dozens of homes but causing no major injuries. A National Weather Service survey team confirmed that a tornado struck a residential area about 5 miles north of downtown around midnight Sunday. San Antonio... more »
  • Disaster food stamps approved for tornado victims

    February 17, 2017 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say federal nutrition aid has been approved for people affected by last week's tornado that caused heavy damage in eastern New Orleans. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced the approval Thursday of benefits through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Information and... more »
  • FEMA: Disaster recovery center opening in New Orleans

    February 13, 2017 8:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says a disaster recovery center is opening in eastern New Orleans to help people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the tornado last week. Representatives from state and federal government and volunteer groups will be there to answer questions and help... more »
  • Richmond asks Trump to issue disaster declaration for New Orleans

    February 10, 2017 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Rep. Cedric Richmond has asked President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration after an EF-3 tornado damaged homes in New Orleans. In a statement released Friday, Richmond said the declaration is needed to allow federal resources to help New Orleans residents impacted by Tuesday’s severe... more »
  • Assessment teams working through damaged neighborhoods Play Video

    February 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - As people cleanup from the tornadoes that tore through Louisiana Tuesday, damage assessment teams are walking neighborhoods gauging the damage. There are some things homeowners should do to properly document what's happened. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends victims contact their insurance company... more »
  • PHOTOS: Stories of survival shared, rebuilding starts day after twister in Ascension

    February 8, 2017 12:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – People mixed survival stories with tales of plans to rebuild as people met on the streets of this Ascension Parish community Wednesday. Hours after a twister tore through Donaldsonville, people are taking note of what's left, thankful there were no deaths and pondering their next steps. By... 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 »
  • Livingston community bands together after tornado destroys multiple homes Play Video

    February 7, 2017 9:56 PM

    WATSON- Neighbors in a Livingston community are helping one another recover after severe weather tore through the area. The area in northern Livingston Parish saw some of the worst weather that the storm had to offer as a tornado passed through the area Tuesday morning. One 62-year-old woman... more »
  • Donaldsonville residents say prayers saved their lives during tornado Play Video

    February 7, 2017 6:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Residents in Donaldsonville are thankful to be alive following severe storms and tornadoes on Tuesday. One resident, Clark Richard, told WBRZ that he was trapped inside of his home when the tornado touched down in the area. Richard got emotional while talking to WBRZ reporter Natalia Verdina.... more »
  • WATCH: Gov. Edwards travels to N.O. to tour damage, gives updates following severe weather

    February 7, 2017 3:30 PM

    WATCH: Tour of tornado damage NEW ORLEANS – Governor John Bel Edwards traveled to New Orleans to tour tornado damaged areas following Tuesday's severe weather that impacted several parishes throughout Southeast Louisiana. Edwards held a press conference with New Orleans elected officials to provide an update. Edwards... 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 »
  • Death toll from Southeast tornadoes, storms rises to 21

    January 27, 2017 8:38 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died from storm-related injuries Thursday night at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday... more »
  • Death toll from Southeast tornadoes, storms rises to 21

    January 27, 2017 1:51 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died from storm-related injuries Thursday night at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday... more »
  • College student stays positive after losing fingers during tornado Play Video

    January 25, 2017 6:43 PM

    ST. AMANT – Last week an E-F 3 tornado tore through Hattiesburg, destroying William Carey University where one student lost three of her fingers. Taylor Gautreaux was trying to get through the hallway of her dorm during the tornado when the door slammed shut, smashing her fingers. "I... more »
  • 2 Northern Louisiana tornadoes confirmed, homes damaged

    January 23, 2017 9:56 PM

    PLAIN DEALING - Authorities say two weekend tornadoes destroyed or damaged 31 houses and recreational vehicles in Louisiana: 29 in the state's northwest near Plain Dealing, and two homes in the central town of Natchez. Officials say nobody was seriously injured. The National Weather Service tells local news organizations that... more »
  • PHOTOS: Deputies say man had to cling to tree as tornado destroyed his Natchez home

    January 22, 2017 8:22 PM

    NATCHITOCHES – Authorities in Natchitoches Parish say multiple people were hurt Saturday after a possible tornado damaged homes near Natchez Louisiana. Around 6:03 p.m. Saturday, authorities discovered significant damage to homes off La. Hwy 494 in Natchez and near Cane River Lake in Point Place. Officials say two... more »
  • Southeast US braces for more tornadoes, storms

    January 22, 2017 12:55 PM

    ATLANTA - Tornado activity is remaining a threat across south Georgia, where 11 people were killed early Sunday. The National Weather Service said Sunday that southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of southeastern Alabama could face "intense and long track" tornadoes, scattered damaging winds and large hail. The weather... more »
  • Small tornado caused damage in Ascension Monday

    December 6, 2016 6:52 PM

    GONZALES - A small tornado was responsible for damage in Ascension Parish during some severe weather Monday. An EF1 knocked down trees and power lines along a 3.5 mile path, the National Weather Service revealed Tuesday. The path and damage were confirmed after a team from the NWS toured... more »
  • Homes from Bayou Corne donated to tornado victims Play Video

    November 21, 2016 11:52 PM

    Napoleonville- The small community of Paincourtville sits on Bayou Lafourche in northeast Assumption parish, an area still recovering from tornadoes last February. "It completely destroyed the True Value, Lablanc Brothers Cement, the water tower and then a great deal of homes right here," said Brad Collins, a local pastor... more »
  • Cleanup underway in New Orleans after tornado causes damage

    August 5, 2016 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Cleanup is underway after a tornado and high winds caused damage in several New Orleans neighborhoods. City crews were out early Friday morning removing debris from streets and sidewalks. National Weather Service meteorologist Gavin Phillips says an EF0 tornado packing 80 mph winds cut a ½-mile path... more »
  • All warnings have expired, thunderstorm watch in effect for eastern part of WBRZ viewing area

    May 19, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All tornado and thunderstorm warnings have expired, but a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the eastern part of the WBRZ viewing area. more »
  • Businesses in three parishes eligible for federal disaster assistance

    May 6, 2016 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted his request that three parishes qualify for disaster assistance loans as a result of tornadoes that caused swaths of damage in February. The relief aid will apply to businesses damaged by the high... more »
  • Tornado victims counting on FEMA assistance; it's not coming Play Video

    May 2, 2016 10:29 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Two months after a tornado turned lives upside down, Assumption Parish residents have been told the damage wasn't bad enough for them to receive assistance from the federal government . Construction crews are in the process of rebuilding homes, while others have been leveled. "We... more »
  • FEMA doesn't think bayou devastation enough for federal disaster

    May 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government denied the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance in areas recovering from tornadoes that tore apart bayou communities in February. FEMA said there was not enough wide-spread damage to force a disaster area, which makes federal assistance available for individual, business and government... more »
  • Weather Service confirms Saturday St. Landry Parish tornado

    May 1, 2016 3:12 PM

    DUPONT, La. - The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado hit rural parts of northern St. Landry Parish and southern Avoyelles Parish on Saturday. Forecaster Jonathan Brazzell said Sunday that the Weather Service estimates the twister that travelled between Big Cane in St. Landry Parish and Dupont in Avoyelles... 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 »
  • Iberville Parish emergency sirens ready for when severe weather strikes Play Video

    March 17, 2016 10:58 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH – After wild weather in February, parishes plan to better equip themselves to warn residents of tornadoes in the future. Most parishes in the WBRZ viewing area use text alerts, or smart phone apps to get weather notifications, but some are considering parish-wide sirens, to make sure everyone... 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 »
  • SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: Tornadoes

    March 2, 2016 12:10 PM

    A tornado is a rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm cloud to the ground. The National Weather Service will issue a TORNADO WARNING when a one is observed by spotters or indicated by radar. Those within the warned area should take immediate safety action. Strength... more »
  • Red Cross helps storm victims in Livingston Play Video

    March 1, 2016 5:47 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Volunteers continue to help out storm victims in the town of Livingston after an EF-2 tornado ripped through the town last Tuesday. So far, the American Red Cross has handed out more than 500 meals and more than 1,000 items like cleaning supplies and gloves, according to Red... more »
  • Red Cross providing mobile aid station for storm relief

    February 29, 2016 4:31 PM

    CONVENT – Red Cross disaster relief workers are still on the ground in Convent and other areas affected by last week’s severe weather. According to the Red Cross, volunteers served over 1,600 meals Saturday between lunch and dinner to residents in Assumption, Livingston, St. James and St. John the... more »
  • FedEx worker: 'God saved me' as twister spun above her last week Play Video

    February 29, 2016 12:55 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - Stories of survival continue to be told nearly a week after twisters tore through south Louisiana. Monday, video of a woman's desperate attempt to run for cover shows just how scary the weather was last week. The video is a recording of security camera footage at Sagona's... more »
  • Alabama to be hub of scientific study of Southern tornadoes

    February 29, 2016 9:01 AM

    ATLANTA- Weather researchers say they expect about 40 scientists from around the nation to participate in "VORTEX Southeast," an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will run through March and April... 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 »
  • Small town residents meet to talk about how to recover from storm

    February 26, 2016 12:08 AM

    LIVINGSTON - At a meeting Thursday night, residents of the town of Livingston met to discuss ways for residents to receive assistance following Tuesday's tornadoes. At least 30 structures in the small town received heavy damage from the storm. Mayor Derral Jones called the meeting to connect people in need... more »
  • Heavily damaged gym reopens 48 hours after tornado

    February 25, 2016 11:57 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The Gold's Gym on Airline Highway in Prairieville took a beating during Tuesday's storm but was back in business Thursday evening. Images of the mangled mess at the gym were among the first images we received Tuesday . The gym still doesn't have a roof, but reopened Thursday... more »
  • Insurance adjusters survey damage in Livingston Play Video

    February 25, 2016 5:51 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Insurance adjusters continued to survey storm damage Thursday in the town of Livingston. Alex Prokop with Safeco Insurance will visit at least 15 homes this week in Livingston after an EF-2 tornado damaged at least 30 structures Tuesday afternoon. Prokop says insurance adjusters try to put customers at... more »
  • Powerful EF3 tornado plowed through Assumption; size upgraded

    February 25, 2016 5:20 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - The National Weather Service upgraded the tornado that tore through Assumption Parish Tuesday to a powerful EF3. At an EF3, the twister had 140 mph winds. NWS experts said they made the determination after looking at analysis. A team of meteorologists surveyed damaged areas after the storm.... more »
  • Livingston to host assistance meeting for storm victims Thursday

    February 25, 2016 5:04 PM

    LIVINGSTON - There will be a town meeting Thursday to help people who lost homes in the tornado this week get assistance. People from the town and other areas of the parish are encouraged to attend, organizers said. The meeting is at the Livingston Municipal Building located at 20550... more »
  • Security camera recorded tornado move across Airline Highway Tuesday Play Video

    February 25, 2016 3:22 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Captivating video shows the moment an EF-0 tornado moved across Airline Highway in Ascension Parish earlier this week. Thursday, businesses were cleaning up and shared the video with WBRZ reporter Natalia Verdina . The video shows debris flying around as the tornado moves closer to the camera.... more »
  • Boil order lifted in Assumption following Tuesday tornado Play Video

    February 25, 2016 2:25 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A boil order for Assumption Parish was lifted Thursday afternoon. People who live in the parish have had to boil their water before using it since Tuesday when tornadic weather blew over a water tower and compromised the water system. In video recorded by SkyEye2 , the... more »
  • Coroner releases names of Convent RV park tornado victims

    February 25, 2016 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The St. James Parish Coroner has released the names of those killed in a tornado that ripped through an RV park during Tuesday’s bout of severe weather. 59-year-old David Eugene Swann, of Satsuma, Alabama and 51-year-old Scott Ellis of North Carolina died Tuesday. St. James Parish... more »

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