Storms ripped through much of Louisiana on Saturday, and forecasters indicated a tornado might have been the cause of damage in the Baton Rouge area.
The storms prompted thunderstorm and tornado warnings in many parishes throughout the day. The National Weather Service reports the possible tornado occurred about 8:13 a.m. in the area of Industriplex Boulevard and Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.
Damage was located in the parking parking lot. There was also a report of a tree on a home in Baton Rouge.
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The possible tornado twisted and snapped at least three trees on the grounds of Woman's Hospital near the corner of Airline and Industriplex. Across the street the sign for Fit Blendz was blown off and tossed onto Pecue Lane, which turns into Industriplex at Airline. Two Fit Blendz employees said besides a few tossed shingles the building didn't sustain any damage, and no one was hurt.
There were also multiple reports of downed power lines, trees and street flooding in the morning, but all roads were cleared by early Saturday afternoon, according to the city-parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Twitter account.
A couple thousand Entergy customers were left without power between Airline Highway and Interstate 10 by Bluebonnet Boulevard and Siegen Lane around 8 a.m., but officials estimate that it will be restored by 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the online outage map. There were additional outages throughout the Baton Rouge area.
In Tangipahoa Parish, a possible tornado also occurred about 8:40 a.m. in the N. Amite area. More than 100 trees are estimated to have been been downed in the area, accompanied by minor shingle damage, the NWS said.
The tornado watch has been lifted for East Baton Rouge and several surrounding parishes, including West Baton Rouge and East and West Feliciana.