St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Tornado Watch Issued for St. John the Baptist Parish

Tornado Watch Issued for St. John the Baptist Parish

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1:00 pm today for portions of Southeast Louisiana which includes St. John the Baptist Parish.

The storm prediction center is currently indicating a moderate risk of severe weather across areas that are generally along and north of a line from Donaldsonville to Pascagoula with a slight risk across the remainder of the area.  Although satellites do appear to show St. John in the storm’s path, residents must stay tuned in to local weather stations for changes in the forecast. 

The main threats from any severe thunderstorms will be damaging winds and tornadoes.  However, locally heavy rainfall and large hail will also be possible.  There is also at least some threat of significant severe weather across much of the outlook area.  The threat of significant severe weather would primarily be during the afternoon and evening hours.  Severe weather will continue to be possible until a cold front sweeps through the area late this evening or tonight. 

Public Works and Utilities crews are on call in the event issues arise with drainage and utility systems.  Residents are asked to call the 9-1-1 Emergency Center to report any issues or concerns during the rain event.  The St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness is in contact with the National Weather Service to receive the latest weather updates and forecasts.  Please keep any debris that is capable of blowing in streets or drainage systems off of the lawns.  Please use caution when driving to visit family and friends for Christmas. 

For the latest weather information tune in to local weather stations.