Major flooding is ongoing in Louisiana and Mississippi due to persistent heavy rain. A long duration, multi-day rainfall event is expected to bring more heavy rain across the central Gulf Coast through Saturday. The heaviest flash flooding was occurring through Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain early Friday morning. Many roads were underwater including portions of Interstate 10, and in these flooding conditions we urge people not to drive through flooded roadways.
Earlier Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana as a result of the flooding occurring.
The areas most affected will see more rain today, tonight and Saturday compounding the ongoing record flooding.
Deep atmospheric moisture with good dynamics will add to the risk of localized flooding with 2″/hr rainfall rates possible in some storms, with rates higher than that for short durations.
Flash flood watches and warnings are in place for the flooding, and on average, an additional 3 to 6 inches will be possible through tonight. Locally higher amounts are expected.