It rained so hard in Shreveport, Louisiana on Tuesday that Shreveport Police had to close a lake. Officials in Monroe, Louisiana reported downed trees on major roadways. Residents of St Landry, Acadia, and Lafayette parishes all experienced similar storms on Tuesday too. And the outlook for Wednesday? More of the same. 

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That's the graphical representation of the official severe storms forecast for the nation as provided by the Storm Prediction Center. Believe it or not, that forecast is actually a better forecast for Louisiana than we were looking at just a few days ago.

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But the bottom line is still this. Wednesday, June 5, 2024, will be yet another day when residents from Shreveport and Monroe through Alexandria and down to Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge will need to be weather aware.

In fact, residents of north Louisiana, the I-20 corridor, and north of LA 28 in central Louisiana have a slight to marginal risk of an excessive rainfall event. That's exactly what that part of the state doesn't need. Much of northwestern Louisiana and adjacent states are still under flood watches and warnings from Tuesday. 

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When Will The Severe Storms Stop in Louisiana?

First things first, the strongest of the storms are forecast to move across the state or develop over the state in the afternoon hours. The heaviest storms could produce torrential downpours, frequent lightning, damaging winds, and small hail. The outlook for tornadoes today is not that high but you never say never when dealing with Mother Nature.

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Thursday's forecast will have a decreased threat of storms and as of now, the Storm Prediction Center does not have Louisiana at risk for severe storms. Unfortunately, when the rains don't fall the temperatures rise and that's what forecasters anticipate as we move into the weekend.

Friday's high temperature in Lafayette, for example, could reach 94 degrees with a heat index of 105 or more. Rain chances will also be more in line with seasonal norms. That means almost each day we'll have at least a slight risk of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

Louisiana Residents Advised to NOT Travel to These 9 Places

The United States Department of State regularly issues travel advisories for Americans to help keep them safe during their vacations. There are four levels of advisories: exercise normal precautions, exercise increased caution, reconsider travel and do not travel. These are nine of the 19 destinations under a Level 4: DO NOT TRAVEL advisory.

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