Severe weather drops hail, power lines in SE Louisiana
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 allowed to expire at 4:15 p.m., and another warning was issued for Orleans Parish just before 5 p.m. lasting until 5:30 p.m.
Radar indicated the severe thunderstorm had the potential of producing hail greater than three inches in diameter. The National Weather Service reported around 4:10 p.m. nickel-sized hail had been seen in the LaPlace area, and reporting stations near the Louis Armstrong International Airport reported half-inch hail.
Entergy said nearly 5,000 people lost power, mostly in the Kenner area, as the storms moved through New Orleans. Officials closed the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway due to the storm at 4:45 p.m., reopening it a short time later.
More information and updates can be found on WBRZ's Weather Center.