Spring is our severe weather season. The threats we could see range from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms, with wind damage and hail, to flooding. Southeast Louisiana had 28 tornadoes in 2017 with a yearly average of 15. Last year, 33 people were injured during the EF-3 tornado in New Orleans East and one fatality occurred in St. James Parish.
When a watch is issued, conditions are right for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. When a warning is issued, a severe thunderstorm or tornado is happening or indicated by Doppler radar.
Don’t forget about dangers associated with heavy rain and flooding.