First round of storms leaves behind flooding, flood threat continues through Thursday

BATON ROUGE — One round down, more to go! The National Weather Service has upgraded the flooding and severe weather threats for south Louisiana. New models are showing higher trends of rain for Baton Rouge and areas southeast.

The worst of the heavy rain and storms have passed through the Baton Rouge area, but pockets of heavy rain are still possible Thursday morning.

LIVE UPDATES | Flash flood warning issued for parts of SE Louisiana, storm risk upgraded

“The majority of our area is under a Moderate Risk of excessive rainfall today,” NWS said Wednesday morning. “Forecast confidence is high for the likelihood of storms producing flash flooding today. Confidence on where exactly heavy bands setup and stall is in question.”

“Additionally, our area is under a slight risk of severe weather today. The main threats include damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.”

South Louisiana is expected to experience waves of heavy rain, with the precipitation continuing through Friday. Majority of the Baton Rouge area is now forecast to receive 6-8 inches of rain through Friday. 4-6 inches of rain is likely for surrounding areas. Locally higher rain totals are possible.

MORE | Photos: Flash flooding reported in Pointe Coupee Parish

WATCH: NWS LIVE RADAR

In addition to the flooding threat, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the chance for severe weather across the area. There’s now a 2/5 chance for strong to severe storms.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Multiple waves or periods of heavy rain may lead to flash flooding concerns. Strong to severe storms are also possible.

WHEN TO EXPECT IT

Rain will persist Wednesday with waves of heavy rain moving in throughout the day. Rain and storms are forecast to continue through Wednesday night into Thursday.

BIGGEST CONCERNS

Street flooding and flooding of low lying areas are likely; rises on area rivers/creeks are likely.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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