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:
East Baton Rouge
St. John the Baptist
West Baton Rouge
The following Mississippi counties lie in the watch zone: