Tornado watch in effect

Staff reports

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a tornado watch for Ascension Parish and several surrounding parishes until 2 p.m. today.

Area parishes included are Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.