St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Slight Risk of Severe Thunderstorms through Tonight

Slight Risk of Severe Thunderstorms through Tonight

Thursday, October 31, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In advance of a cold front entering the region, a slight risk of severe thunderstorms is expected to move across the area beginning at 4:00 p.m. and into late tonight. Damaging winds will be the primary threat during the weather event but heavy rainfall and tornadoes cannot be ruled out. The severe weather risk will progress eastward throughout the evening and is expected to diminish after 10:00 p.m.  

The National Weather Service has indicated that the thunderstorms will likely produce rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts. Residents are asked to call the 9-1-1 Emergency Center to report any issues or concerns during the weather event.  To report downed power lines or power outages, please call 1-800-9OUTAGE.

Residents who plan to trick-or-treat tonight are advised to go as early as possible before the heavy rain band approaches and use extreme caution as rainfall could produce slippery lawns, sidewalks and driveways as well as the possibility of downed power lines and tree limbs. Motorists should keep a careful watch for trick-or-treaters and drive slowly.  

“Please stay informed of changes in the weather forecast and be extra careful as to not detriment the safety of you or your loved one,” said St. John Parish Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt. For the latest weather information tune in to local weather stations.

Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at and clicking on the Blackboard Interactive link.