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Threat of Severe Weather Remains

Thursday, April 16, 2015

St. John the Baptist Parish - Another round of potentially dangerous weather is forecast for the next few days.  St. John is under a Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Saturday.The main threats will be large hail, heavy rainfall and damaging winds.

Some areas this week have already dealt with issues like street flooding, wind damage and hail.  Those conditions could be an issue again this weekend.We urge you to monitor your local forecast and look for notices from the National Weather Service.

Impacts/Precautions     

Severe Thunderstorms:

  • Take shelter! Move to a sturdy building or car.
  • Avoid tall structures such as towers, tall trees, fences, telephone lines or power lines.
  • Stay away from rivers, lakes or other bodies of water.
  • You are in danger of lightening if you can hear thunder.
  • Pets should be protected or moved indoors.
  • Do not drive through flooded streets!

Strong Wind:

  • Damaging wind gust in excess of 60 mph which could down trees and power lines and/or cause structural damages.
  •  Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles and high rise bridges. Use extra caution.
  •  Winds over local waterways could be 5 mph higher than over land. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing

Isolated Tornadoes:

  • If you receive a tornado warning, protect yourself, your family and your pets; seek shelter immediately.
  • Turn off all sources of outside air: air conditioner, ventilation vents, and ducts.
  • If you are in a car and cannot get to adequate shelter, STOP! Get out and lie flat in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.  Cover your head!

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