Friday, August 26, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish – The National Weather Service (NWS) continues to monitor a low-pressure system located in the Caribbean, Invest 99-L, for possible development into a tropical depression that could move into the Gulf of Mexico next week. At this time, the wave has a 60 percent chance of becoming at a tropical depression in the next five days and a 30 percent chance in the next 48 hours.
Although the system remains disorganized with an uncertain track, Invest 99-L could bring rainfall to parts of Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and South Florida into the weekend and push into the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Weather Service, the system appears to be weakening, however, once it enters the Gulf it will have a more favorable environment for strengthening and development. The National Hurricane Center is also tracking an area of low pressure in the north-central Gulf of Mexico that has a ten percent chance of development in the upcoming 5 days.
Parish officials are in contact with the NWS and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and will be actively monitoring the Tropics throughout the weekend. All essential Parish personnel will be on standby and will receive continues updates. Residents are urged to also monitor the latest forecasts and make preparations at homes and businesses now. With a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms predicted for the area tomorrow and Sunday, residents are also asked to assist with cleaning up loose debris and tree limbs from yards and drainage outlets near homes.
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 and posted on the website, Government Access Channel (15/99) and St. John Parish Facebook page as necessary.