Heavy rains were sweeping through Tangipahoa Parish and were expected in the metro New Orleans area this afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for most of the metro area until 9 p.m.

A special Marine warning was issued for parts of Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including the mid-point of the Causeway until 4:15 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Tangipahoa Parish.

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