Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an emergency declaration because of severe weather moving through Louisiana this evening. A tornado and damaging winds were reported in Ouachita Parish and the storm continues to push to the east, according to the Governor’s Office.
A tornado watch for much of south Louisiana remains in effect until 10 p.m. as a cold front moves through the area Monday afternoon and evening. The watch includes East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Orleans, Jefferson, Assumption and Ascension parishes. A tornado watch for Southwest Louisiana, including Lafayette, is also in effect until 7 p.m.
The threat of possible severe weather will be highest during early evening hours around Baton Rouge and late evening around New Orleans.
A tornado watch means that weather conditions point to the development of thunderstorms or that some storms could have the ability to produce a tornado.
A tornado warning means that either a tornado has developed or will soon.