Strong storms bring hail, high winds to Louisiana

Severe weather threat has passed for metro New Orleans

Don Ames
April 07, 2018 - 5:43 am
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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ Severe thunderstorms have brought large hail and high winds to northern Louisiana.
  
National Weather Service Shreveport meteorologist in charge Mario Valverde says radar indicated Friday night that tornadoes had formed in the area.

He says the agency will have to review Saturday to confirm.
  
Valverde says there were reports of major damage in Coushatta in Red River Parish in the north-central region of the state.
  
The weather service also had reports of hail as large as baseballs in the area. 
 
Valverde says the service has had no reports of fatalities.
  
Louisiana State Police officials say a suspected tornado touched down 8 miles north of Benton in Bossier Parish.  

The Southwestern Electric Power Company reports more than 9,000 power outages Friday night in northwest Louisiana and northeastern Texas. 

Channel 4 meteorologist Chris Franklin says most of the forecast overnight storm activity stayed to the north of the metro New Orleans area. There was an early morning Tornado Warning issued for central St. Charles and northwestern Jefferson parishes that expired at 6:15 a.m. Saturday. 

A subsequent Severe Weather Statement was issued by the National Weather Service New Orleans for St. Bernard, northeastern Orleans, southeastern Lafourche, southeastern Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes for possible strong thunderstorms. That warning expired at 7 a.m. Saturday. 

A reported thunderstorm in St. James Parish damaged at least two homes early Saturday. Reports that there was tornadic activity have yet to be confirmed. Also, there were reports of a possible tornado in St. Charles Parish that moved into Jefferson. That activity has also yet to be confirmed.

It appears that most of that severe weather has moved to the southeast of the metro area.

After the line of storms moves through on Saturday Morning, a cold front will move across the area and we'll continue to see scattered showers and a few storms through the afternoon hours. High temperatures will be in the lower 70s. Saturday night will become dry and it will be much cooler with mostly cloudy skies. Lows will be in the mid 40s north and lower 50s south.

Sunday will be a drier day with a mix of sun and clouds. Expect cooler temperatures with highs in the upper 60s.

DETAILED FORECAST

SATURDAY MORNING:

80% chance for early morning showers and storms, easing by daybreak. Then much cooler and breezy with a 40% scattered showers through the midday and afternoon. Falling temps, breezy. High: 70, Afternoon Temps: 60s. Winds: W/N 10-20.

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Partly cloudy, chilly temps. Low: S 51, N 44.

SUNDAY:

Partly cloudy, very pleasant. Cool. High: 68.

MONDAY:

Partly to mostly cloudy. Warmer and more humid. 20% chance for a few, passing showers. Low: S 58, N 50. High: 77.

TUESDAY:

50% chance for morning showers. Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Breezy. Low: S 63, N 61. High: 72.

WEDNESDAY:

Cooler morning. Sunny and very pleasant! Low: S 55, N 49. High: 73.

THURSDAY:

Cool morning. Gorgeous! Sunny skies. Breezy. Low: S 55, N 49. High: 77.

FRIDAY:

Partly cloudy. Warmer, more humid. Breezy. Low: S 62, N 57. High: 82.

 

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