Worst of weather expected this afternoon, early evening

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Chris Miller
April 18, 2019 - 12:22 pm
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The New Orleans area is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Afternoon and early evening is when we can expect the severe weather to start affecting the New Orleans area, according to WWL-TV local weather expert Dave Nussbaum.

"The timing of the line, kind of coming in toward the Hammond area, Reserve, and parts of the Laplace area around three-ish or so, and then in the metro area four, five, six o'clock," Nussbaum said, with a second line of storms following that.

"Maybe like a secondary line, not necessarily as strong, but still can produce some severe weather, seven or eight o'clock tonight."

National Weather Service forecaster Robert Ricks says the potential for severe weather should not be understated.

"High winds, in severe levels, about 50 to 70 miles an hour. Flash flooding from torrential rain," said Ricks. "We still can't rule out tornadoes."

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The city of New Orleans has suspended parking restrictions so residents can park their cars on neutral grounds to try and avoid possible street flooding.

DETAILED FORECAST:

THURSDAY AFTERNOON:
Mostly cloudy, very windy, warm and humid with a 100% chance for heavy rain and thunderstorms. Numerous storms expected to become strong to severe. Highs around 80. Wind S 20-30 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT:
Cloudy, windy and tuning cooler with a 40% chance for showers ending during the evening. Lows around 58. Wind NW 15-25 mph.

GOOD FRIDAY:
Mostly cloudy, windy, less humid and cooler with a 20% chance for stray showers. Highs around 68.

HOLY SATURDAY:
Sunny and mild. Lows north of the lake around 45 and south around 52. Highs around 74.

EASTER SUNDAY:
Sunny and warm. Lows north of the lake around 49 and south around 55. Highs around 79.

MONDAY:
Partly cloudy and warm. Lows around 61. Highs around 81.

TUESDAY:
Partly cloudy and warm. Lows around 64. Highs around 81.

WEDNESDAY:
Partly cloudy and warm with a 20% chance for isolated showers. Lows around 67. Highs around 82.

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