Heavy rains and high winds swept through south Louisiana on Monday, but brought less damage than anticipated and no tornados, according to the National Weather Service.
Thousands lost power as trees fell, winds damaged some sheds and roofs, and certain areas experienced minor flooding, but no injuries were reported. The more than 12-hour tornado and flood watch primarily brought some wind damage and nuisance flooding to the area, said meteorologist Freddie Zeigler, of the National Weather Service center based in Slidell.
Zeigler said a tornado may have touched down in southern Mississippi, but it was still unconfirmed Monday evening.
Pointe Coupee Parish responded to two blown roofs, one near Batchelor and one along Highway 416, said Mike Ward, assistant director of homeland security and emergency preparedness for the parish. The storm hit that area around noon, and downed many trees, blocking roadways and pulling down power lines.
"We've had pretty significant power outages," Ward said. Entergy expected to restore all power by 8 p.m., according to their website, but could not be reached for details. Thousands across the region lost power throughout the day, according to their website.
A plastics plant in Pointe Coupee Parish and the Livonia Police Department also reported roof damage from the high winds, Ward said.
"So far, no injuries are reported, and that's the most important thing," Ward said.
In Lafayette, 911 dispatchers received no calls about the storm or high winds.
Three roofs were blown from buildings in Evangeline Parish, starting around 11:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. In Crowley, pea-sized hail was reported during the storm around 1 p.m., Zeigler said.
Minor flooding was recorded for the North Shore, at the Tangipahoa River near Robert, the Tchefuncte River near Covington and Hammond, and the Bogue Falaya River also near Covington, but levels should not exceed flood stage, Zeigler said. But, "they're going to get pretty close," he said.
The Amite River near Denham Springs, and further south at Bayou Manchac is reaching near flood levels. Zeigler said areas experiencing minor flooding should expect to see levels balance back out in the next 24 to 48 hours.