Thanks to a rare but weak cold front, temperatures for a few days in south Louisiana will be a bit cooler than normal -- especially in the mornings -- with noticeably lower humidity.
Within 18 months of the devastating August 2016 flood, Lafayette Parish was in line to receive more than $20 million in local and federal funds for drainage.
Eight tornadoes ripped through Acadiana during storms and drenching rains that started Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.
Friday might bring another round of heavy rain to an already rain-soaked south Louisiana, though the National Weather Service predicts the showers and storms won't be a repeat of Thursday's flood-inducing deluge in parts of the region.
Acadiana residents were caught off guard as heavier than expected rains swept through south Louisiana overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, dropping an estimated 5 to 7 inches in the Lafayette area in less than 12 hours.
Heavy rains and "widespread flash floods are expected" across south Louisiana and surrounding states, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch in south Louisiana is in effect until Thursday night.
South Louisiana residents will see between 2 and 4 inches of rain through Saturday as a tropical disturbance strikes the coast, the National Weather Service predicts.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has for a second time delayed the planned opening of the Morganza Spillway because of fluctuations on the Mississippi River, but many communities in the path of the floodwaters are braced whether the bays open or not.
Chances for formation of a tropical wave in the far southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days has increased, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday afternoon, as the 2019 hurricane season is officially begins.
MORGAN CITY — As authorities prepare to open the Morganza Spillway for only the third time in its 65-year history — and for the second time this decade — experts are warning changing weather patterns could make it a more frequent occurrence.
The 2019 hurricane season begins Saturday, and the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on the far southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
Equipment failure knocked out power Friday afternoon to about 900 Lafayette Utilities System customers, including businesses along a section of Johnston Street near downtown, for about 38 minutes.
MORGAN CITY – Morgan City-area residents Wednesday saw their first ray of hope in what’s been a historic flood season: the worst is likely behind them even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still days away from opening the Morganza Spillway.
BATCHELOR — Teaspoons clamor against ceramic coffee mugs, loose gravel crunches under the weight of slowing truck tires, and there’s an unspoken but shared anticipation when they shake hands and ask the question: "How’s that spillway going to get you?”
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
The Lafayette Police Department and Louisiana State Police are on the scene of a crash involving hazardous material on Interstate 10 East at the Ambassador Caffery off-ramp at exit 100.
Effective immediately and until further notice, a number of roads in lower St. Martin Parish will be closed because of high water, according to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office:
Flash flooding is likely to occur in a swath of south Louisiana through Saturday night as the National Weather Service has a issued a rare "high risk of excessive rainfall" forecast.
Law enforcement agencies across Acadiana are advising motorists to use extreme caution as heavy rains continue into Friday. Several roads have already been closed and others are beginning to experience high water.
Acadiana parishes on Thursday braced for several days of rainfall, with a slow-moving cold front expected to produce accumulations of 3 to 4 inches across the region through Sunday.
Heavy thunderstorms churned through the New Orleans area Thursday, forcing a delay in the opening of Jazz Fest, suspending play at the Zurich Classic until at least late afternoon and putting emergency officials around the metro area on high alert.
Most of Acadiana saw heavy rain and wind Thursday as severe weather rolled across the region. A flash flood warning was issued about 2 p.m., and Lafayette and most surrounding parishes were under a tornado watch until 7 p.m.
Two "distinct phases of severe convection will take place" in south Louisiana will likely occur Thursday, leading to a heightened chance of high winds, hail and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
The threat of severe weather shuttered state offices across Louisiana on Thursday, and several school districts said they would close, too, rather than face risks from high winds, hail and possibly some strong tornadoes.
Acadiana area schools have announced closures for Thursday as concerns increase about severe weather projected to roll through the area.
The New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas are under an enhanced risk of severe weather Thursday, an increase from a slight risk forecast earlier Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas are under an enhanced risk of severe weather Saturday, an upgrade from a slight risk a day earlier, according to the National Weather Service.
A repeat of heavy rain and street flooding that plagued parts of south Louisiana a few days ago might occur Sunday.
UPDATE: Large hail may fall and strong wind may blow in the Lafayette area on Thursday afternoon as severe weather continues.
Several rounds of heavy rain will continue to fall in south Louisiana Thursday afternoon and evening, prompting a flood watch for the area.
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Spring weather in South Louisiana can be unpredictable, at best. Temperatures can range from bitter cold to swampy heat — all in the same day. Which can complicate planning for Mardi Gras parades.
Where has the sun gone? The answer remains to be seen through the first week of February amid the rain showers -- and temperature drop -- expected to hit south Louisiana.
Forecasters' confidence in some type of wintry precipitation for parts of south Louisiana next week is increasing.
Three people were killed late Monday night when a vehicle went off the roadway and was submerged in Bayou Lafourche in Golden Meadow, according to Louisiana State Police.
Yes, it will be cold enough for snow in parts of south Louisiana this week but, no, it's not expected. Forecasters say the moisture needed to help make snow will be long gone before temperatures really drop.
LAKE CHARLES — State Police say fog may have been a factor in a fatal accident involving a southwestern Louisiana sheriff’s deputy early Monday.
The National Weather Service extended a flash flood warning for parts of the parishes of Iberia, Vermilion, Lafayette and St. Martin through 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael gained new strength Monday and is expected to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected midweek strike on Florida's Panhandle, forecasters said.
An area of low pressure near Honduras has been increased to an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical system in the next five days as it moves into the central Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center advised Friday evening.
Tropical Storm Kirk, still more than four days away from affecting the Lesser Antilles, continues chugging westward toward the Caribbean Sea.
Tropical Storm Kirk has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is forecast to chug through the Caribbean Sea into next week, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service says more than 5.4 million people live in areas now under hurricane warnings or watches on the U.S. East Coast.
Editor's note: This story is about what eventually became Tropical Storm Gordon and made landfall in Mississippi in early September.
Whoever coined that expression "it's not the heat, it's the humidity" failed to consider that, on some days, it's both.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scorching heat was spreading Friday across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) and persist into next week.