Update, 9:55 a.m.:
As the greater Baton Rouge area starts cleanup from last night's storms and thousands wait for their power to be restored, the worst of the weather should be over as a cold front moves through the area.
Baton Rouge received between three and four inches of rain overnight along with high winds. Although the height of the storm only measured between 17 and 22 miles per hour, gusts were higher up to 36 miles per hour at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
Some areas across south Louisiana reported gusts in the 50 mile per hour range with multiple calls for tornado watches and warning across the area.
On Friday morning, the sounds of chainsaws and metal rakes scraping the ground could be heard throughout Shenandoah as neighbors labored during a muggy morning to clean up after Thursday night's storms.
Several trees were uprooted. Countless branches were thrown around. Many homes by 10 a.m. accumulated piles of branches on their front lawns.
The traffic light at the busy Jones Creek Road and George O'Neal intersection was out.
Diane Snyder and her neighbor Trey Cook heard a "whoosh" sound around 10:15 p.m. Thursday night as fierce winds and heavy rains tore through Baton Rouge.
When they walked outside their homes in the 16000 block of Merrimack Ave in Shenandoah they saw a 100-plus foot water oak tree lying in the middle of their street.
"Felt the ground shake," Snyder said.
Neither home had any damage. "God took care of us," she said.
By 9 a.m. a team from the Department of Public Works was on the scene, chopping up and hauling away the tree damage. "DPW has taken care of us," Snyder said.
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A possible tornado went through an area southwest of Napoleonville along La. 401 Thursday night and parish officials have asked the National Weather Service to investigate, parish homeland security officials said.
John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Friday morning that storm damage also reached into the town of Napoleonville itself. He said homes and mobile homes were damaged along La. 401, what's known as Canal Road, with roofs peeled back in some cases. Crews are out assessing the damage.
In Ascension Parish, Manchac Acres, Bert Allen, and Church Point at Guitreau Road have trees down on the road and they are closed at this time.
In St. James Parish, a tree fell on trailer Ester Street in Convent, and roof partially came off a house on Geason Street in the west bank community of St. James, said Eric Deroche, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Although there may be a pop up storm or two Friday, the worst has already passed through.
"There's a week cold front that will be moving through (today) and clearing us out for the weekend," said Gavin Phillips, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell.
Late Thursday night, Entergy Louisiana reported that there were more than 60,000 people without power in south Louisiana. As of Friday morning, thousands in Baton Rouge remained in the dark and the estimated repair time for some could be late Saturday evening, according to Entergy's outage page.
At 6 a.m., Entergy was reporting 13,000 customers without service in East Baton Rouge, 3,500 in Ascension, and 3,700 in Assumption. DEMCO was reporting 1,500 customers without service in the area, with the bulk of those in Livingston and Ascension Parishes.