Those of us with weather radios in our homes, weather apps on our phones or our radios on are hearing a lot of alerts this afternoon from the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

While the storms may be hampering your Sunday afternoon plans, our region needs the rain desperately as we hit drought status with most of our area also under a burn ban. For the latest on the weather in our area, the local authority is the NWS in Shreveport and their website is Weather.gov/shv. You can also follow the National Weather Service in Shreveport on Facebook. They're very informative, interactive and pretty darn entertaining as well!

The storm currently moving through our area is producing wind gusts up to 60 mph, thunder, lightening and hail. Here's the current warning as of 2:34pm. Check the links above for the latest throughout the rest of the afternoon and remember to stay safe!

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
  Northwestern De Soto Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
  Northwestern Red River Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
  Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
  Western Bienville Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
  Southern Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana...

* Until 300 PM CDT.

* At 221 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Shreveport,
  moving south at 35 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
  Shreveport, Bossier City, Greenwood, Blanchard, Stonewall, Oil
  City, Mooringsport, Keachi, Grand Cane, Longstreet, Keat Chie,
  Spring Ridge, Cross Lake, Kingston, Kickapoo, Keithville, Mc Dade,
  Reeds Store, Dixie and Gloster.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement
agency. They will send your report to the National Weather Service
office in Shreveport.

Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground
lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately.
Lightning is one of nature`s leading killers. Remember, if you can
hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

If on or near Cross Lake, get away from the water and move indoors
or inside a vehicle. Remember, lightning can strike out to 15 miles
from the parent thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, you are close
enough to be struck by lightning. Move to safe shelter now!  Do not
be caught on the water in a thunderstorm.

LAT...LON 3273 9378 3247 9367 3239 9342 3206 9379
      3214 9403 3275 9403
TIME...MOT...LOC 1921Z 017DEG 32KT 3254 9377

HAIL...0.75IN
WIND...60MPH