NWS: Sunny, high near 80 on Peninsula Saturday

Using a chair as a rain coat at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans on Friday

Using a chair as a rain coat at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans on Friday

The tornado watch has been lifted for East Baton Rouge and several surrounding parishes, including West Baton Rouge and East and West Feliciana.

New Orleans office of Homeland Security warned, "Storms are expected to move through the metro area throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening on Saturday".

Serious storms are not expected to reach the Triangle until around 8 p.m., but WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said Charlotte and areas west of Mecklenburg County are already seeing severe weather. The watch will remain in effect until 7 p.m. tonight. "The next round of severe weather is looking more likely by late Friday through Friday night and early Saturday with our next cold front", read a Shreveport NWS weather report. Wind could gust as high as 45 miles per hour, causing blowing and drifting snow - and you don't want any part of that, so just stay home. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including the threat of potentially strong and long track tornadoes. Thursday, schools, businesses, and families took part in a statewide tornado drill. There is also a special marine warning in effect through 3 p.m. and a lake wind advisory in place through 8 p.m., both of which warn of hazardous boating conditions. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. Rapidly rising waters are possible with very heavy rainfall.

"We also can't rule out a tornado", Carpenter said.

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