The entire state of Louisiana is under an "enhanced risk" for severe weather on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

"Enhanced risk" rates a "3" on a 1-5 scale with "1" being marginal risk and "5" being high risk. Tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain are possible.

All of south Louisiana is under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Thursday.

The threat comes as two systems were passing through the area Wednesday. One system passed in the afternoon and the other was expected after 10 p.m. 

The NWS predicts this time line for the evening system:

  • Baton Rouge area: 9 p.m. to midnight
  • Areas including Hammond, Slidell and New Orleans down to Houma: 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Parts of Louisiana east of New Orleans, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss.: 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.