Tornado watch issued for south Louisiana through Wed. morning _lowres

Weather forecasters say a cold front approaching Louisiana from the west will bring strong thunderstorms through Wednesday. (Photo from National Weather Service)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the western half of Louisiana.

There is a tornado watch for Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana Parishes until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The weather service say tornadoes are possible with damaging wind gust up to 70 mph until 4 p.m. Tuesday

A cold front moving into Louisiana from the west will bring strong thunderstorms through Wednesday.

All of the state remains under a flash flood watch.

Rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amount are possible through Wednesday morning.

Forecasters say rainfall amounts could exceed 2 inches per hour at times.

Rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amount will be possible through Wednesday morning.

Forecasters say rainfall could be in excess of 2 inches per hour at times.