NEW ORLEANS-- Heavy rain continued its deluge of the New Orleans metro area, flooding streets and swamping the early morning commute.
A line of training storms brought steady showers and thunderstorms overnight and into the morning with several inches of rain falling across the metro area. The rain is expected to continue until the afternoon.
The early morning line of storms marked a third day of wet weather, inundating the already soaked ground, backing up drains and overwhelming drainage pumps in several parishes. Near three inches of rain was recorded in Hahnville and Slidell by 6:30 a.m.
According to the National Weather Service, three small tornadoes touched down in Harrison County in South Mississippi, knocking down trees and causing some damage to several structures.
In addition to flooded streets, the early morning commute was made difficult after a possible lightning strike knocked out the toll tags southbound on the Causeway, causing traffic to back up over a mile.
In New Orleans, the on-ramp from Earhart Boulevard to the Pontchartrain Expressway was flooded from a clogged drain and trapped two vehicles and delayed motorists.
The rains forced St. Bernadette Elementary in Houma to closed Friday due to flooding in the area.