NWS Lake Charles weather update: 1 pm Wed 4.17.19

Published 2:01 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

PRESS RELEASE — The Storm Prediction Center has increased the coverage of the enhanced (30%) risk of strong to severe storms on Thursday, to basically be east of a line from Fort Polk/Leesville to Lake Charles and Cameron. In addition, there is a risk of strong (EF2+) tornadoes in this enhanced risk area.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the morning hours across southeast Texas and parts of western Louisiana. There is a marginal (5%) to slight (15%) risk of these storms becoming severe. By the afternoon, we are expecting a line of thunderstorms moving west to east across the remainder of southwest, central, and south central Louisiana. This will be the timing of when we could see the higher tornado threat, between noon and 6 pm.
Winds will be strong out of the south or southeast during the day Thursday, with gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range. With this strong onshore flow, we will likely see some minor coastal flooding, especially during high tide on Thursday.