Thursday, August 15, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The National Weather Service and St. John the Baptist Parish are currently monitoring the tropical disturbance in the northwest Caribbean. Although the track forecast remains highly uncertain and models do not forecast the disturbance to strengthen past a tropical storm, the St. John the Baptist Parish (SJBP) Emergency Operations Center and all parish departments are monitoring the situation and preparing for problems with roads, drainage and infrastructure.
The main threat with this system, regardless of the track or development, is heavy rainfall. Totals of two to four inches of rainfall are expected through Monday over Southeast Louisiana with locally higher amounts. Rainfall amounts could be considerably higher depending on the development and track of the system.
Residents are encouraged to monitor all local weather stations and begin preparations at home should the system shift to Southeast Louisiana.
The SJBP Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the track of the tropical disturbance and will remain in contact with the National Weather Center and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Additional information will be released to residents as it becomes available.
For information, please visit sjbparish.com, St. John Parish Government Access Channel (RTC, Comcast Ch 15 and AT&T U-Verse Ch 99), facebook.com/sjbparish, twitter: @SJBPgov, or call St. John the Baptist Parish at 985-652-9569.