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 NWS' Storm Prediction Center forecasts the potential for severe weather on a scale from 1-5 (five meaning high and one meaning marginal). Enhanced is third on the scale; slight is two.
According to the NWS, an enhanced risk of severe weather carries a 10-15 percent chance of tornadoes and a 30-45 percent chance of damaging winds and hail.
The latest forecast pegs 9 a.m.-noon as the likeliest time for the roughest weather in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. For the New Orleans area, noon-7 p.m. is the time frame identified by forecasters.
Last weekend an enhanced risk was forecast for the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.
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