A powerful storm could spawn severe thunderstorms and even a handful of unsafe tornadoes across the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, according to forecasters. It is believed to be one of many wind storms and possible tornadoes sparked around the greater New Orleans area including possible sightings north of Lake Pontchartrain and west of the city in St. Charles Parish.
"We're going to be dealing with multiple issues from the storm", Steve Pfaff, the meteorologist with the National Weather Service said.
The National Weather Service confirmed that at least two people died in Convent, located about 60 miles (100 km) west of New Orleans, and another was killed near the southern MS town of Purvis, where a mobile home was destroyed.
No flights were directly affected, but the airport said Tuesday afternoon that some delays and cancelations were possible because of the bad weather in general. No injuries had been reported.
Many schools in other parts of southeastern Louisiana also canceled classes Tuesday; the New Orleans Times-Picayune has a complete list.
Along with early school' dismissals announced earlier, numerous local government office will also close early.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a good chance of severe weather for The T&D Region on Wednesday, including the possibility of tornadoes. This will cause the storms to move quickly, so you need to be prepared to act, as fast moving storms come up with less advance warning.
Forecasters said about half of Alabama had a moderate risk of severe weather including tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center issued what's known as a "particularly unsafe situation" tornado watch for areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Severe weather has been moving through southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
A compact, potent streak of upper-level energy diving into the Southeast on Tuesday is expected to trigger widespread severe weather from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, with the potential for a regional tornado outbreak across the Deep South late Tuesday.
The agency's office in New Orleans warned residents of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana and Pearl River, Hancock, and Harrison counties in MS to move to shelters.