Apr 6, 2014 5:45 PM by Daniel Phillips
There is a growing list of concerns for the potential severe weather outbreak Sunday with a Tornado Watch taking center stage.
All of Acadiana will be under a Tornado Watch until 11:00 pm Sunday, and as Sunday afternoon timing looks to be on track with the strong storms swinging through around 10:00 pm.
Moderate instability and a deepening area of strong shear will contribute to the tornado threat, and the areas with the greatest potential will be from roughly Iberia Parish eastward to New Orleans.
The set up of the atmosphere could be conducive to very strong winds reaching up to 70 mph and have enough potential for EF 2+ tornadoes.
Anyone with early Monday morning travel plans to New Orleans may want to try and delay them as models are picking up on some violent storms entering the New Orleans area just before sunrise.
Storms so far have a had a history of strong winds, hail and frequent lightning; with hail in particular a big concern.
Large hail could be possible especially in central and western Acadiana so if you may want to bring in potted plants that may be effected and if possible park your car under a cover.
A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued ahead of the system as precipitable water values increase dramatically.
Some storms will be capable of carrying 2-5" of rain and some local areas could get as high as 7".
This large amount of rain over a short time and a small area will lead to the Flash Flood concerns so be on the look out for rising water.
If possible avoid small creeks and streams as water can rise rapidly and without warning, even if you are away from the down pour flash flooding is still possible.
Low lying areas and roadways could accumulate water as well so avoid any standing water as it may be deeper then it looks.
Please make sure you are keeping up to date with all watches and warnings through the night especially once the weather starts to turn sour.