May 28, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service’s radar indicated a rotation of 115 mph winds moving over Edgard and across the Mississippi River into Garyville. These winds caused downed trees and power outages in Edgard, Wallace, Garyville and Reserve. As of 10:30 a.m., all power has been restored. Over a four hour period between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., the western part of the east bank including Reserve and Garyville received 7 to 8 inches of rain and 2 to 3 inches of rain were reported in Edgard. The National Weather Service will release an official storm survey this afternoon regarding Enhanced Fujita (EF) scales and tornado confirmations.
Sporadic roof damage was also reported and the bay doors of the Edgard Fire Station were damaged. Public Works employees cleared trees on the roadway from Joseph and Alexis Streets on the West Bank and South Emile St. in Garyville. All roadways are now passable. Public Works crews are assessing damages parishwide. Residents with concerns should call 9-1-1 to report and receive information.
Marathon Petroleum confirmed a weather event on their site and is currently assessing damages at their facility; however, there is no off-site impact to residents in St. John the Baptist Parish. The Garyville Service Center is closed today.
Currently roadway conditions are improving as drainage pumps work to move water through the drainage systems. The National Weather Service expects another 1.5 inches of rainfall through the morning with improved conditions in the afternoon. A Tornado Watch remains in place for St. John at this time through 5:00 p.m. this evening.
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