Severe weather may not be over

Severe weather may not be over

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After a tranquil start to the day, we ended up rocking and rolling through the afternoon with a storm complex that dumped large hail of golf ball size or greater in some cases on a path from Lutcher in St. James Parish through the New Orleans Metro area.

Heavy rain and high wind gusts also blew through with the storms, and while most of the area stayed tranquil, we did see a few other storms that prompted severe thunderstorm and flood warnings.

Believe it or not, today is the break in this period of active weather this week. A very moist upper level flow out of the southwest is continuing to pump moisture across the area leaving a ton of moisture to work with as several more small disturbances move through.

The flash flood watch in effect since this weekend was extended to Friday as another 1 to 3 inches of rain is likely each day. We will have to stay aware, as there is some opportunity for more rain into late Friday and Saturday. Get the Fox 8 Weather App to keep up with the forecast and the radar.

The City of Kenner released a statement regarding Wednesday outages and damage. It reads, in part:

"At 4500 Williams Boulevard, police received reports of multiple power lines down and all lanes - both southbound and northbound - were blocked off, completely restricting access to the Treasure Chest casino. In the 3200 block of Tulane Drive, police received a report of a leaning power pole and low-hanging power lines. In addition, a tree was reported down in the 700 block of Williams Boulevard.

"Golf-ball-sized hail was reported near Williams and Interstate 10 as well as 21st Street and Williams. On 21st Street between Florida Avenue and Delaware Avenue a large tree had knocked down a power line and blocked the road. In the 3100 block of Panama Street police received a report of power lines down and leaning against a car and home.

"Traffic control signals reported out at Joe Yenni and Williams Blvd.

"Street flooding reported in the following locations: Vintage and Chateau, St. Julien and Montrachet, Tavel and Montrachet."

St. John the Baptist Parish released a statement regarding damage which reads, in part:

"This afternoon St. John the Baptist Parish experienced parish-wide heavy rainfall, strong wind, and dime to quarter-size hail. Although the severe thunderstorm has passed, St. John the Baptist Parish remains under a Flash Flood Warning until 6:15 p.m. and a Flash Flood Watch until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

"Within only 45 minutes, 1.5 inches of rain was recorded at the Emergency Operations Center in LaPlace. With already saturated grounds, Reserve, LaPlace, and Garyville are currently experiencing sporadic street flooding. As a result of the weather event, power outages occurred through St. John the Baptist Parish in Edgard, LaPlace, Reserve and Garyville. Entergy has dispatched crews to repair power lines and expects power to be restored by 9:00 p.m."

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