Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in New Orleans warned residents not to get complacent just because the city isn’t getting the kind of relentless downpour seen in Baton Rouge and on the North Shore.

“There’s not nearly the immediate threat, but we still have a heavy rainfall pattern and a favorable setup (for bad weather) and we are concerned about the potential later today, this evening and tonight,” meteorologist Alek Krautmann said. “We’re not ready to change the message on that yet.”

While the rain in New Orleans has been light to moderate so far, “there’s still definitely the possibility for very heavy rain.”

Storms have been pounding Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes and St. Helena, Tangipahoa and the North Shore since early this morning and have been dropping rain at rates of up to 3 inches per hour.

Krautmann said an observer in Livingston called in at 9:45 a.m. and reported 13.75 inches of rain since about midnight.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Saturday morning.

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