WRAP UP: Storm produces severe weather/heavy rainfall across area

Storms began to fire along the warm front Wednesday morning, steadily moving northward. Many of these storms starting producing hail signatures.

One cell in particular moved into Allen parish, producing hail near golf-ball sized across places such as Oberlin and Oakdale. This cell eventually moved into southern Rapides, producing very large hail across the Glenmora, Forest Hill, Lecompte, and surrounding areas.

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(Figure 1: Hail producing storm in Allen Parish)

Thereafter, central Louisiana got a break. The warm front, that was supposed to lift northward through the area, stalled across Acadiana and I-10. Unfortunately for them, this led to rounds of heavy storm activity and continuous severe weather throughout the day. This also led to the highest rainfall totals being further south.

The main squall line moved through Wednesday night, producing very heavy rainfall and gusty winds. There were reports of wind damage across the area, with reports of trees and power lines down. We received pictures on social media of wind damage near Pitkin in Vernon parish and heard reports of trees and power lines down on Highway 107 near Plaucheville. Both of these instances were most likely caused by straight-line winds.

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(Figure 2: Squall line approaching Avoyelles Parish)

Rainfall totals also piled up across the area. Radar estimated rainfall totals, during the past 24 hours, show 2-4 inches of rain across Vernon and southern Rapides. Evangeline parish and the southwestern portions of Avoyelles, near Bunkie, received 4-7 inches. Unfortunately, this is the same area that got hit hard during Sunday morning's system. The highest rainfall totals were found across I-10, where radar estimates show 8-11 inches.

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(Figure 3: Rainfall totals (past 24 hours))

Although parts of the area did see wind damage and flooding, overall, things could have been much worse for central Louisiana if the warm front moved north of us.

In terms of river flooding, the only warning across the area is for the Calcasieu river at Glenmora. Only minor flooding is expected as the river climbs to near 14.5 feet by Sunday morning.

At this stage, flooding begins near Ashmore road, Strothers Crossing road near Calcasieu, and Price Crossing road near Hineston.