Apr 14, 2013 3:03 AM by Rob Perillo

Storms Pummel Acadiana

Heavy showers and storms produced locally 2-3" of rainfall and brought hail to portions of Acadiana late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

There were numerous reports of dime to nickel size hail, especially in Iberia, St Martin and St Mary parishes along with sporadic power outages due to wind gusts to 45mph and frequent cloud to ground lightning.

During the height of the storms, more than 10,000 cloud to ground lighting strikes were recorded in an hour across Acadiana, a rarity for any weather event.

Cold air aloft combined with an upper disturbance enhanced the hail and lightning potential and ultimately translated to several inches of rain.

Activity is expected to become more scattered in nature after daybreak Sunday with a warm and humid pattern taking hold across the area for much of the coming week.


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