A tornado watch is in effect for a large portion of the Acadiana area. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.

KATC's Storm Team 3 reports that a tornado watch has been issued for Acadia, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, and St. Martin parishes until 9 p.m. KATC Chief Meteorologist Rob Perillo believes the tornado watch could be extended through the night into the early morning hours.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. If you live in a mobile home, it's recommended that you move to a safer structure for the duration of the watch in the event of a tornado. Even high winds can cause severe damage to a mobile home. It's a good idea to have a safe place in your home designated in case a tornado warning is issued. This area should be away from windows and centrally located in your home.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, seek cover immediately until the warning has expired. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted near you.

Click here for KATC's Power Doppler HD radar.

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