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Strong storms packing high winds blow through SE LA

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Wind damages swingset in Greenwell Springs. (Source: 9Reports) Wind damages swingset in Greenwell Springs. (Source: 9Reports)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi as strong storms pass through the area.

The watch is scheduled to remain in effect until noon.

Forecasters said the primary threat from the storms was the wind. The Baton Rouge Metro Airport reported a wind gust of 49 mph a little after 6 a.m. WAFB Meteorologist Jeff Morrow said some areas may have gotten gusts up to 55 mph.

Part of the roof was blown off Faith Academy School in Gonzales. The school suffered damage during Hurricane Isaac, including the roof being blown off.

There were reports of downed trees from the winds, some of them blocking roadways until they could be removed. Some power outages have been reported throughout the area, many caused by downed power lines.

The following Louisiana parishes are included in the watch:

Ascension

Assumption

East Baton Rouge

East Feliciana

Iberville

Livingston

Pointe Coupee

St. Helena

St. James

St. John the Baptist

St. Tammany

Tangipahoa

Washington

West Baton Rouge

West Feliciana

The following Mississippi counties lie in the watch zone:

Amite

Hancock

Harrison

Jackson

Pearl River

Pike

Walthall

Wilkinson

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