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Apr 14, 2014 5:22 PM by Daniel Phillips

Front Brings Strong Thunderstorms Monday Evening

A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH will stay in effect across Acadiana until 9:00 pm Monday evening as another cold front sweeps through the area.

Storms out ahead of the front Monday afternoon have been strong and numerous producing a lot of rain over a short amount of time and frequent lightning.

The main concerns with this round of severe weather will be strong, damaging winds (gusts up to 70 mph will be possible) along with the chance for some large hail.

Good news is dynamics for tornado formation are rather weak so the tornado threat is not as great as we've seen this spring, but there is always an outside chance for an isolated tornado so rotation will have to be monitored.

So far the active weather has taken a north-easterly direction and that trend will continue through the remainder of the evening.

Although quite violent at times the system as a whole should start to clear some time late Monday night with the worst of the storms wrapped up by midnight.

Clearing skies early Tuesday morning could mean the possibility of seeing the lunar eclipse which begins around 1:00 am Tuesday, but that's not a guarantee.

Temperatures will drop suddenly when the front passes and despite being in the 80s Monday afternoon lows will fall into the lower to mid 40s overnight.

Announcing the passage of the front will be a strong wind out of the north which will be blowing around 20-25 mph Monday night and Tuesday with gusts stronger then that.

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