Thursday, August 25, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - St. John the Baptist Parish Officials are in contact with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to actively monitor a low pressure system moving through the Bahamas, “Invest 99L.”
According to the National Weather Service, an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance Aircraft investigated the system and at this time it is showing a great deal of uncertainty with development and possible track. Currently, weather models demonstrate conditions conducive for a 40 percent chance of development into a tropical system over two days and 70 percent chance of development over 5 days.
Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in our area through the weekend into the beginning of next week. Although organized severe weather is not predicted currently, any additional rainfall or heavy downpours will contribute to already saturated grounds and street flooding in low-lying areas.
Residents should stay engaged to news, weather and communication outlets as the forecasts continue to change and get a game plan in the event the system threatens the Gulf Coast. There are numerous resources residents can visit for assistance with storm planning including the St. John Parish website at www.sjbparish.com, www.getagameplan.org, www.noaa.gov/prepare and www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Residents should take several measures now to prepare for potential tropical activity:
To sign up for Parish emergency alerts, visit the homepage of the St. John website at sjbparish.com and click “Stay Connected.” Additional information will be released through the Communications Department as necessary and posted on the website, Government Access Channel (15/99) and St. John Parish Facebook page.