NEW ORLEANS — Thousands are still without power after thunderstorms brought heavy rain and winds to southeast Louisiana on Tuesday, with another round expected on Wednesday, possibly less severe and for less amount of time.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans says the storms with wind gusts of up to 50 mph produced torrential rainfall in parts of Jefferson, Lafourche, and Plaquemines parishes.
According to the Entergy Louisiana outage map, as of 5:30 a.m. more than 3,500 customers in Jefferson Parish were without power and more than 5,300 are without power across Louisiana.
Grand Isle was hard hit with power out to all or much of the island and schools closed Wednesday.
In St. Charles Parish, schools kept students in their buildings after dismissal longer than usual Tuesday rather than sending them out into the weather, while several roads were reportedly closed for a time.:
The City of New Orleans lifted parking restrictions for neutral grounds, allowing residents to move their vehicles to higher ground as long as cars do not block intersections, streetcar tracks, sidewalks, or bike paths.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
This is a developing story. Check back with WWL-TV for updates.