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Drivers navigate Corporate Boulevard near College Drive as severe weather moves into the metro area, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. ORG XMIT: BAT2103311509490080

Much of southern Louisiana faces the threat of severe thunderstorms with potentially damaging winds and tornadoes Wednesday afternoon, forecasters at the National Weather Service said. 

They placed the Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles areas under an enhanced risk of severe storms Wednesday morning. The thunderstorms are expected to affect the area from Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. 

As the system moves southeast and approaches Louisiana, conditions are favorable for creating strong wind gusts and brief tornadoes, they said.

The risk for severe weather is mainly from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Slidell. Up to 3 inches of rain are possible, with some places getting higher amounts. 

Roads may flood during the storms, and forecasters urged motorists not to drive through floodwaters.

Find the latest weather forecast here.