Mar 21, 2012 9:15 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Slow, strong storms are slogging through Louisiana, making a major mess from the Arkansas border to the Gulf of Mexico.
Heavy rains closed at least a dozen school systems Wednesday in the west and Cajun country.
On the coast, days of strong southerly winds ahead of the storms prompted flood warnings and halted vessel traffic in some waterways.
So far, tornado damage has been minimal.
Heavy rain was expected to spread east into the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas Wednesday.
Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service says up to a foot of rain fell by late Tuesday in a narrow strip of western Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes. High winds downed power lines and trees Tuesday from Union Parish in north-central Louisiana to Calcasieu Parish in the southwest.