St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Weather Alert: Low Pressure Being Investigated in Gulf of Mexico

Weather Alert: Low Pressure Being Investigated in Gulf of Mexico

Friday, June 22, 2012

The National Weather Service (NWS) is investigating a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, “Invest 96”.  Although weather models show a 70% chance of a tropical system developing in the Gulf over the weekend and into next week, there is much uncertainty with the system.  According to the NWS, an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance Aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon if necessary which will provide additional information on the system.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is in contact with the NWS and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and is monitoring all models in the event changes in the forecast occur.  Currently, isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible across coastal waters and adjacent land areas this weekend. Organized severe weather is not expected at this time.

The OEP has updated essential personnel to be on alert for this weekend.  The Public Works and Utilities crews have been making preparations to water, wastewater, and drainage pumps, culverts, catch basins, and other emergency equipment since Thursday morning.  Residents are again asked to keep loose debris off the ground and out of the streets.  Assistance in keeping catch basins clean will prepare our drainage systems in the event heavy rains occur this weekend. Notifications will be released as information is received and as the forecast changes.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness remains concerned of the heat this weekend and is advising residents to be mindful while working outdoors.  Take frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning, and drink water to stay hydrated.  If heat-related symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin occur, please seek medical attention. 

Please stay tuned to local weather stations, Channel 15, and sjbparish.com for weather updates in the forecast.  As changes in the forecast occur, updates will be made to the parish website at sjbparish.com, Facebook, and twitter.  Please also sign up to receive emergency notifications to your home phone, cell phone, email or SMS text messaging device.  Residents may sign up for the service by visiting the homepage of the Parish’s website at www.sjbparish.com and clicking on the FirstCall-Interactive Network link.

If residents have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 985-652-2222.

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