Weather forecasters are expecting strong storms to roll through northwest Louisiana today.

Fox 33 meteorologist Patrick Dennis tells KEEL News they're looking at two time frames for this.

One's going to be this afternoon, probably after 2 or 3 o'clock this afternoon, on towards the rush hour period. Might have a few pop-up storms then, if we can get enough heating going on," Dennis said. "And then the secondary thing we're going to be watching for is later on this evening when the actual front approaches the region. And that probably doesn't have more of an impact until about 7 or 8 o'clock tonight."

Dennis said this storm system will impact northwest Louisiana between late evening until just after midnight, depending on how fast it moves. He said it has the potential to produce large hail and strong winds, along with the possibility of a tornado. But the big issue will be flooding.

"If any of these storms start to train, that means continuously move over one place, and doesn't stop for two or three hours, there may be some type of street flooding in those areas prone to flooding. And that's another concern," Dennis said. "But maybe if we get this system out of here fast enough, hopefully it won't be a major concern."

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Dennis said if storm warnings are issued, don't venture out. Stay indoors and away from the windows. Put as many walls between yourself and the outside of your home.

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator also offers this advice -- be prepared for weather emergencies and make necessary preparations before it's too late. Here's more from a CSO news release:

Be familiar with weather terms such as tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in our area. You should remain alert for approaching storms. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued move to a pre-designated safe place.

Remember that warning times may be short so discuss a weather emergency plan with your family in advance and determine what your safe gathering place will be.

“Lives are saved when individuals receive and understand the warning, know what to do, and know the safest place to go,” Prator said.

If you receive a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.

Go to rooms nearest the center of the house or a basement or storm shelter if you have one.

In a tall building, move to a stairwell or hallway.

In your car, get out and lie flat in a low area. Cover your head.



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