St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch in Effect

Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch in Effect

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.

A slow moving front is forecast to move through the area today through Thursday resulting in several hazards across the local area.  The biggest threats from any severe thunderstorms will be strong and damaging straight line wind gusts and the threat of an isolated tornado. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for St. John the Baptist Parish until 12:00 noon Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 

The National Weather Service Meteorologists detected a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and isolated tornados.  A tornado warning was issued for St. John the Baptist Parish 6 miles northwest of Reserve and ended at 11:00 a.m. today.

The National Weather Service has predicted 2 to 4 inches of rainfall with isolated totals of 6 to 8 inches with the most of that rain falling between today and tonight.  

St. John the Baptist Parish schools are asked to evacuate children from trailers and move inside a sturdy building at this time. The safest place to be during a tornado is under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture.  Seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet in the event a tornado occurs.

St. John the Baptist Parish Public Works Department is in the process of completing a parishwide inspection of ditches, drains, and catch basins.  In the event of flooding, street will be blocked to through traffic. It is ILLEGAL to drive through flooded streets at a high rate of speed, which could possibly send flood waters into homes. It is also illegal for anyone other than residents to drive onto barricaded streets.

Please stay tuned to local weather stations, St. John the Baptist Parish website at and Government Access Channel for updated information.  As further updates are received, more information will be released. Any questions may be directed to the St. John the Baptist Parish Emergency Operations Center at 985-652-2222.