A line of thunderstorms roared through Baton Rouge early Tuesday afternoon bringing flooded streets, yards and a few stranded cars whose drivers didn’t pay attention to the rising water in the roads.
A flash flood watch remained in effect until late Tuesday afternoon after between three and five inches of rain fell in the Baton Rouge area in just a couple hours beginning at noon until around 2 p.m.
Drizzles continued throughout the afternoon, but the main force of the rain came in during those early afternoon hours leading to a number of road closures and flooded areas in the parish.
Rainfall rates were about two inches an hour in an area generally south of downtown Baton Rouge, said Mike Efferson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell.
Another area hard hit by the line of thunderstorms was between Greensburg and Pride, which may have received a little more rain than the Baton Rouge area, he said.
More rain could be on the way as the chance of thunderstorms continues throughout the week with a 50 percent chance on Wednesday up to a 60 percent Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service continued on Tuesday to remind pedestrians and drivers that it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to move a small car and that six inches can knock over a pedestrian.
The “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign hopes to lower the statistics of people dying because of flooding conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, “Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.”