The Latest: Louisiana schools prepare for severe weather

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The Latest on severe storms expected to move across the South (all times local):

5:55 a.m.

Schools across Louisiana are cancelling classes ahead of a severe storm that's expected to move across the Deep South.

The Advocate ( ) reports that West Baton Rouge Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, Zachary, Central, East/West Feliciana, St. Helena, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Livingston, Ascension, Tangipahoa, St. James and Baker public schools and Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic schools have canceled classes Tuesday.

LSU and Southern University also announced classes will be canceled starting Tuesday at noon.

In the greater New Orleans area St. Tammany and Washington parishes are closed.

The forecast calls for an increased risk for severe weather across most of Louisiana with some areas in Washington, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes facing a greater risk.


5:20 a.m.

School districts around the Hattiesburg area in Mississippi are preparing for and keeping an eye on severe weather that's likely to hit the area Tuesday afternoon.

The Hattiesburg American ( ) reports Hattiesburg, Forrest County and Petal school districts say they're watching the weather carefully and will make any closing or early dismissal decisions as needed.

Covington and Lawrence county schools will close at noon. Jones County schools will close by 1 p.m. West Jasper School District is releasing students at 12:30 p.m.