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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Tornado watch issued for Southwest Louisiana

A tornado watch has been issued for Southwest Louisiana until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17,...
A tornado watch has been issued for Southwest Louisiana until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.(National Weather Service)
Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A tornado watch has been issued for Southwest Louisiana ahead of this afternoon’s storms.

All of Southwest Louisiana’s parishes are included in the watch, as is southeast Texas and surrounding parishes.

The watch continues until 6 p.m.

Watch the radar and stay up to date on today’s weather at www.kplctv.com/weather/.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

“TORNADO WATCH: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.”

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar, according to the National Weather Service.

“TORNADO WARNING: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.”

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