It doesn’t look like Tropical Storm Karen will make the Gretna Heritage Festival a washout. WGNO’s Erin Nicole reports live from the festival.
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Your Weather Webcast for Friday 10/4/13 with Meteorologist Jeff Robbins
(from St. Tammany Parish Government) – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister has signed an executive order declaring a parish-wide State of Emergency as a preventative measure due to Tropical Storm Karen. The Parish Administration and its Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will continue to communicate with the National Weather Service in order to have the most up to date storm track. Additionally, the Parish has activated parts of its storm plans as needed.
“At this time we are continuing to assess the potential need for sandbagging, sheltering, and other emergency needs. Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any additional emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org, through social media on Facebook and Twitter,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany Parish Government will continue to work today as a normal work day and the Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated.”
We urge all residents to prepare for the possibility of a rain and wind event, particularly those living in low lying areas should take precautionary measures to prevent damage to property. Assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from the weather if it becomes necessary. We ask that you secure items on your property, clear storm drains, stock up on the necessities for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm gets closer to land.
St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary; however, no evacuations are being called for St. Tammany Parish at this time. For emergency updates call, 985-809-2300.
We continue to ask citizens to sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish at http://www.stpgov.org/register.php.
Karen will be approaching the LA coast by tomorrow evening a bit farther west than thought. Look for rain to begin spreading across the area tomorrow afternoon through Sunday morning.
-Friday weather forecast with Hank Allen
(from Lafourche Parish Government) – Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph declared a State Of Emergency as of 11am today, Friday, October 4.
The National Weather Service has reported that Lafourche Parish could experience tropical storm force winds from 25 to 60mph. Rainfall could potentially reach between 3 to 4 inches in the next 48 hours.
Lafourche Parish will issue a MANDATORY EVACUATION at 2pm for south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow including Port Fourchon. The Raceland Recreation Center will open at 5pm today as a Refuge of Last Resort for those from the mandatory evacuation area as well as residents living in areas subject to flooding and those who are in vulnerable buildings.
Residents evacuating to the Raceland Recreation Center, 241 Recreation Drive in Raceland, should bring typical shelter provisions such as bedding, bottled water, and ready-to-eat foods and snacks. Residents should also remember to bring identification and other important documents, medications, a first aid kit, and personal toiletry items.
The Department Of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has indicated that the tolls on the Leeville Overpass will be lifted later today. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be monitoring highways for traffic and potential flooding.
Residents are reminded to respect all road closures and police barricades. Please be extremely cautious in the use of generators. Weather updates can be found on the parish website and Facebook pages.
(from the Town of Grand Isle) – Mayor David Camardelle has called a mandatory evacuation for residents effective 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2013. All camper trailers and recreational vehicles need to be removed.
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Tropical Storm? What Tropial Storm? The Gretna Heritage Festival is ready to kick off Friday at 4 p.m.
Festival organizers have been watching Karen carefully and Friday morning they decided she is not likely to pose any serious threat.
Friday night, as scheduled, Uncle Kracker will take the stage at 7, followed by Earth Wind & Fire.
Then, over the weekend, Chicago and ZZ Top will perform, all for the price of $20 admission each day, or $50 for the whole weekend.
The only way organizers will call it all off is if winds blow higher than 40 miles per hour. Organizers say that appears unlikely.
The Gretna Ferry will be running from Canal Street directly to the festival grounds starting at 3:45 Friday afternoon.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom declared a state of emergency for St. John Parish. Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local news stations and the parish website for updates.
Residents should be prepared to tolerate unfavorable conditions such as power outages, high water, and possible downed trees and tree limbs following the storm. All loose debris and trash should be removed to assist in preventing blockage in parish drainage systems. Public Works crews will continue to collect tree limbs this morning until wind levels exceed a level that is safe. Residents can drop off vegetative debris at the incinerator located at the end of Airport Road in Reserve.
Sandbag locations have been positioned throughout the parish. At this time, residents are limited to 10 bags per person. Bags are on site, but please remember to bring a shovel and do not take additional empty bags.
Sand and bags are available at the locations listed below:
· Belle Terre Land (front of Foxwood Subdivision) 669 Belle Terre Blvd, LaPlace
· St. John Community Center at 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace
· Captain Bourgeois (pre-filled sandbags for elderly & disabled only)
· Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643, Pleasure Bend
· Fire Station #62 located at 378 Railroad Avenue, Reserve
· Airport Road, Reserve
· Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St., Garyville
· Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Hwy 18, Edgard
“We are fully prepared for a potential heavy rain event,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “All pump stations are operational and crews are on stand-by.”
The SJBP Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Karen and will remain in contact with the National Weather Center and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). Additional information will be release to residents as it becomes available.
All St. John Parish Recreation Department activities have been cancelled for the weekend.
No road closures at this time.
Garbage service will assume normal operations on Friday with the Friday route. A decision has not been made on Saturday’s route at this time.
Power outages can be reported at 1-800-9OUTAGE and can be viewed at http://viewoutage.entergy.com/la.aspx
Upper 80s today with a 30% chance of rain
-Friday weather forecast with Hank Allen