The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is reporting that the threat for strong to severe storms is increasing for tonight and early tomorrow morning.
The NWS states that their models indicate that Central and South Central Louisiana could see isolated tornadoes.
The warmer weather is a result of the storm systems moving through the area. Colder temperatures are expected to return by Saturday night and early Sunday morning. While the risk of a tornado is marginal, residents should be prepared regardless.
The American Red Cross gives the following tips if you are outdoors during a tornado:
Seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building
If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter, immediately get into a vehicle and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Remember to buckle your seat belt
Stay away from bridge/highway overpasses
If strong winds and flying debris occurs while driving, pull over and park, keeping your seat belt on and engine running. Put your head down below the windows, covering your head with your hands and a blanket
They also list the following safety measures to take if residents receive information a tornado could be coming near their home:
Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates
Move to an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If none is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative
Remember: no area of a mobile home is safe during a tornado. If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, go there immediately, using your seat belt if driving
Find a local emergency shelter and know the best routes to get there if you need to