Hard rain: Parts of the Gulf Coast region including Louisiana are at risk for severe weather tonight as a line of storms marches eastward. The National Weather Service has posted tornado watches for much of the state and southern Mississippi. Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announced sandbag pick up locations throughout the parish due to the risk of heavy rain. Read the full story about the weather, and get full details on local sandbag locations.
A bigger bowl: Baton Rouge chef John Folse and Walk-On’s shattered the Guinness World Record for the largest gumbo today at the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The 6,800 pound seafood gumbo easily eclipsed the previous record of 5,800 pounds. The gumbo was sold for $5 a bowl and proceeds will go to provide housing for families of patients in VA medical centers. The gumbo included 983 pounds of shrimp, 590 pounds of catfish, 299 pounds of crab, 262 pounds of alligator, 33 pounds of crawfish and 111 pounds of oyster in addition to rice as well as spices and broth.
For the birds: Nearly $17 million in Deepwater Horizon oil spill money could be used to rebuild a barrier island bird rookery called Queen Bess Island off Louisiana to more than seven times its current size. The group tasked with allocating $5 billion from the 2010 spill is taking public comment through Jan. 22, and will hold a public hearing Jan. 3. Read the full story.