The Latest: Severe weather expected on New Years Eve
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Severe storms capable of spinning up tornadoes are expected across the Deep South.
Forecasters say the storms are expected to strike the region on Thursday — New Year’s Eve.
The national Storm Prediction Center says the area most at risk of severe weather on Thursday includes parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and southeast Texas.
?? 2020 wants to go out with a bang. The Storm Prediction Center @NWSSPC has upgraded much of SELA & southwest MS to an Enhanced Risk for Severe weather for #NewYearsEve. All modes of severe weather are possible. #LAwx #MSwx— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) December 30, 2020
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The region at enhanced risk of severe weather includes more than 4 million people and the metropolitan areas of New Orleans; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Beaumont, Texas.
“Tornadoes along with damaging wind gusts and large hail are all potential threats,” according to the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Forecasters say the risk of severe weather will later spread into Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle.