- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on thunderstorms moving across south Louisiana (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

The national Storm Prediction Center has expanded a severe thunderstorm watch eastward to include all of south Louisiana and a portion of southwest Mississippi including parts of the Gulf Coast.

The weather service says there’s a risk of severe thunderstorms late Wednesday morning through the afternoon hours.

The threat of severe weather will diminish late Wednesday afternoon as the line of storms weakens.

The main threat continues to be strong damaging wind gusts and large hail.

The weather service has lowered the threat of a tornado forming in the area.

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9:09 a.m.

Parts of Louisiana were under a severe thunderstorm watch Wednesday morning as storms began firing up over parts of the Deep South.

The National Weather Service issued the watch for much of west and southwest Louisiana until noon.

In Louisiana, forecasters said shower and thunderstorm chances were expected to increase into the afternoon. A complex of thunderstorms from Texas may reach severe limits with damaging winds and hail the primary threats.

The national Storm Prediction Center said most of Louisiana and Mississippi - along with part of western Alabama - were at a slight risk of severe storms Wednesday.

In Alabama, the highest chances for thunderstorms were expected to be Wednesday evening. The strong storms were most likely to strike portions of northwest Alabama, the weather service said.

Some thunderstorms were also possible in Georgia late Wednesday and into Thursday.

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