The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has issued a tornado watch for central and eastern Louisiana, including all parishes in the Capital Region, and central and southern Mississippi until 10 p.m. Tornadoes, large hail to two inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph and lightning strikes are possible in the watch area. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area, and persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for statements and possible warnings. Click here for the Storm Prediction Center’s website and here for the National Weather Service’s New Orleans-Baton Rouge forecast office website.
Earlier today, destructive storms that tore across the country’s midsection left at least nine people dead after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town. Officials also say a tornado touched down in Clinton, Miss., just west of Jackson, around 11 a.m. today, causing widespread damage and multiple injuries.