A tornado watch is in effect until 3 a.m. for much of Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. 

The storms, heading east, could bring hail "up to the size of a lime," as well as gusts of up to 70 mph. 


South Louisiana is under a small risk of severe weather late Wednesday and during the day Thursday, including strong wind gusts, hail and possible tornadoes, the National Weather Service says.

The system will affect central Louisiana weather Wednesday evening and reach the Baton Rouge area around 10 p.m. and the New Orleans area around 7 a.m. Thursday, forecasters said.