Tropical Weather Updates

Jul 11, 2019


Louisiana National Guard

  • Nearly 3,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers remain deployed around the state and ready to assist in emergency response situations. 

Department of Transportation and Development

  • Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks will continue extended 24-hour operations on US 90 between Lafayette and Houma. 

Louisiana State Police

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

The National Weather Service has  3 damage survey teams out in the field today. They will be working to assess the damage from last night's storms and determine tornado intensity where damage has occurred. The main area of interest is the roughly 150-mile storm track from near San Augustine, Texas, northeastward to Union Parish, Louisiana.


2 Killed In Ruston Tornado

Apr 25, 2019
Jay Curtis / KEDM

It’s a grim scene in Ruston today. A tornado hit the city around 2:15 a.m. causing widespread damage. According to initial reports, the storm caused two casualties near Interstate-20.

National Weather Service  had been tracking the storm from the Texas - Louisiana Border.

National Weather Service


The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* Portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and east Texas, including the
following areas, in Arkansas, Columbia and Union. In
Louisiana, Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Grant, Jackson, La
Salle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Sabine,
Union, Webster, and Winn. In east Texas, Sabine.

* Until noon CDT today

Downtown Monroe
B. Lenox / KEDM

In anticipation of predicted heavy rainfall over the new several days, the City of Monroe Public Works Department is urging residents to ensure that all debris is cleared from yards, ditches, curb sides, drainage grates, etc. Residents should make sure their ditches are litter free, so water can flow/drain properly.

Any precautions that can be taken would be most helpful in preventing possible localized flooding.


Light snow fell in Mississippi as lingering precipitation mixed with cold temperatures to send the Deep South into the freezer.

After days of heavy rain and storms along a cold front, flurries left a thin layer of snow atop vehicles in western Mississippi early Wednesday.

Hurricane Michael left path of destruction, isn't done yet

Oct 11, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The third-most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in recorded history left a wide path of destruction across Florida and Georgia, destroying homes and shopping centers and felling trees that killed at least two people. And it's not done yet. Hurricane Michael finally weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday, no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph (250 kph) winds.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Worried meteorologists now expect a strengthening Hurricane Michael to slam into the Florida Panhandle as one of the worst storms in the region's history. The National Hurricane Center's late Tuesday forecast predicted the storm would approach the central Panhandle region Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds around 130 mph (210 kph) . Says meteorologist Ryan Maue of, "I guess it's the worst case scenario.

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael quickly intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit.

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a dangerous hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday.

By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael's maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a hurricane later in the day.