UPDATE: Around 7:30 this morning, the National Weather Service canceled the hurricane warning for both Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish. The Tropical Storm Warning, unless something changes, will be in effect for the next 8 hours. The Weather Service also states that the current conditions are 'somewhat favorable' for tornadoes. Below is the warning issued by the NWS:

TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT...

...HURRICANE WARNING IS CANCELLED...

A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are
expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

- Shreveport

* WIND

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

- Peak Wind Forecast: 45-55 mph with gusts to 70 mph

- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until late this
afternoon

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58
to 73 mph

- The wind threat has decreased from the previous assessment.

- PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical
storm force.

- PREPARE: Last minute efforts to protect life and property
should now be complete. The area remains subject to
significant wind damage.

- ACT: Now is the time to shelter from dangerous wind.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Unfolding

- Potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.

* FLOODING RAIN

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

- Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally
higher amounts

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for major
flooding rain

- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.

- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are
likely.

- PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially
if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

- ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive

- Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and
rescues.

- Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos,
and ditches may become dangerous rivers. In mountain areas,
destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while
increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides.
Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

- Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or
washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover
escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of
moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions
become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some
weakened or washed out.


Just after 4:30 this morning, the National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Warning for Bossier Parish. The warning is in reference to Hurricane Laura, which made overnight landfall in Cameron Parish as a Category 4 hurricane.

The warning for Bossier Parish includes the threat of winds at 74-110 MPH. In the warning, the National Weather Service says to prepare for "life-threatening" wind equivalent to a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane.

Flood and tornado potential are also singled out in the warning.

The Warning is set to expire at 12:45pm today. You can read the wind portion of the warning here:

"* WIND
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Strong Tropical Storm force
wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 45-60 mph with gusts to 75 mph
- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: until late this
afternoon
- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 74
to 110 mph
- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening wind of equivalent CAT 1 or
2 hurricane force.
- PREPARE: Last minute efforts should solely focus on
protecting life. The area remains subject to considerable
wind damage.
- ACT: Now is the time to shelter from life-threatening wind.
- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Unfolding
- Potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding. "

For many, they believe this is the first time a Hurricane Warning has been issued in the Ark-La-Tex. If it's not the first time in history, its at least the first time in recent memory.