NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Torrential rains, strong winds and even a few possible tornadoes struck most of southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast this morning, kicked up as a strong upper low to our northwest is moving east. Most areas saw nearly 2 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 40 and to 50 mph.
We are not done yet.
The area continues to be under a flash flood watch through Tuesday afternoon. Storms along the Texas border are once again prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and some areas can expect another 1 to 3 inches of rain before this system moves on. The Storm Prediction Center places most of southeast Louisiana under the slight risk for severe for the rest of the evening with the rest of the region under a marginal risk.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue into the early evening with another round of organized severe storms possible into the late evening hours and lasting into Tuesday morning. The good news in all of this comes behind this upper low. Once it has passed, a great stretch of weather will take over on Wednesday and into the weekend with highs in the 70s and plenty of sunshine.
If all holds, the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be phenomenal.