Texas, Louisiana brace for possible flooding and tornadoes

Posted April 03, 2017

Ginny Higgins says 38-year-old Francine Gotch and 3-year-old Neville Alexander were inside the trailer when the storm caused it flipped over around 10:20 a.m. Sunday. Tornadoes and damaging winds are likely from southern MS all the way into SC.

"These (storms) are just getting started", Edwards said during a press conference Sunday afternoon at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security in Baton Rouge.

"This is a state-wide weather event and it pertains to everyone in Louisiana and could be an all-night event until Monday mid-morning", he said. National Weather Service warned that it was a "particularly risky situation". The storm whipped up 100 miles per hour winds, according to the National Weather Service. Significant tornado potential will spread across the lower Mississippi Valley into Sunday evening.

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"After dark, the threat shifts eastward", John Hart, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, said by phone. The storm roared near but did not damage several other homes and a high school, Maj.

Edwards said two unconfirmed tornadoes have already been reported in central Louisiana. The National Weather Service warned that severe thunderstorms "capable of strong tornadoes, extensive wind damage and very large hail" were forecast Sunday into Monday from eastern Texas to the Gulf Coast area. There were no reports of major or structural damage. It says there is a risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, including strong ones, in that area.