Photos: Louisiana 'Swamped' by Severe Storms, Flooding

By , Meteorologist
May 11, 2013; 6:08 AM ET
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Flooding occurred in Baton Rouge, La., early Friday morning as severe storms unleashed heavy rain over a short amount of time. See larger image below.

A line of violent thunderstorms hammered southern Louisiana early Friday morning, unleashing several inches of rain over the course of a couple of hours, damaging wind gusts and large hail.

More than half a foot of rain deluged some communities in southern Louisiana. Sulphur, La., was inundated by 7.83 inches of rain over the 24-hour period ending at 1:30 p.m. CDT Friday.

Baton Rouge, La., received 2.64 inches of rain in less than 3 hours during the morning. Flash flooding of low-lying areas resulted the torrential rain.

Gusts as high as 75 mph struck the Lake Charles, La., area very early in the morning. The winds damaged mobile homes, flipped outbuildings and knocked down numerous trees and power lines.

The following flooding and storm damage photos are courtesy of Morning/Noon Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum from WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, La.:


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