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2013 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

Follow any hurricane or tropical storm on the WGNO Weather page:
http://wgno.com/weather

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Tropical storm & hurricane names for 2013 storms:

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

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News
10/03/13

LaPlace Braces for Karen

Hurricane Isaac exposed how vulnerable St. John Parish is to high water.

And just when damage from that is almost finished with repairs, neighbors in LaPlace have a new storm to worry about.

Sherry Falgout says tropical storm Karen has put everyone on high alert, “praying it don`t come, that`s all I can say.”

She and her husband Chris say if Isaac proved anything, it`s that their neighborhood is defenseless. “People on the outside of the levee protection is the ones who needs to be prepared.

“Nobody did nothing to try and build up that levee back there,” says Chris.

Just because you don`t see neighbors sandbagging or battening down the hatches in LaPlace, doesn`t mean there is a lack of urgency.

“People are getting prepared for it,” says homeowner Chuck Haase with his wife Zina.

Chuck and Zina were displaced by both Katrina and Isaac.

“My wife insists that we leave.”

St. John Parish public works is preparing pump stations, drainage systems and have crews on standby for power outages.

The parish, could receive 2 to 4 feet of storm surge from lake Pontchartrain.

Your Weather Forecast for Thursday 10/3/13 with Meteorologist Jeff Robbins

The city of New Orleans is telling people who live in low-lying areas to be ready for a possible storm surge from Tropical Storm Karen.

Deputy Mayor Col. Jerry Sneed says the city will meet with Entergy officials on Friday to go over the company’s emergency response plan.

Also on Friday, the city will open its EOC.

Sneed says people need to be ready to move their cars to higher ground, but he did not give the okay yet to use any neutral ground.  He’s urging neighbors to be prepared for a rough few hours.

“Prepare for a tropical storm, category 1.  You need to have water.  You need to be prepared for possibly losing electricity,” Sneed said.

AT&T also plans to have back-up generators at key cell towers as well as mobile equipment ready to fill any gaps in cell service.

Home supply stores like Home Depot aren’t seeing any big crowds of people buying storm supplies.

But the stores have plenty of batteries, generators, flashlights, plywood, water, luggage racks for your car, and anything else people might need to deal with Tropical Storm Karen.

(from Terrebonne Parish) – Officials with Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government are continuing to monitor tropical weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Tropical Storm Karen.

Accordingly sand and sandbags will be available at the following locations at noon on Friday October 4, 2013.

1. Montegut Fire Station-1105 Highway 55
2. Little Caillou Fire Station- 5016 Highway 56
3. Willie Bonvillain Ashland North Fire Station- 2671 Grand Caillou Road
4. Airbase Adult Softball Complex Parking Lot- 9544 East Main Street
5. Upper Bayou Dularge Fire Station- 1767 Bayou Dularge Road
6. Civic Center (bayou side parking lot) – 346 Civic Center Blvd.
7. Cannata’s Parking Lot- 6307 West Park Avenue
8. Schriever Fire Station- 1529 West Park Avenue
9. Donner Community Center- 361 Azalea Drive
10. Devon Keller Memorial Center (Gibson)- 5575 Bayou Black Drive
11. St. Ann Catholic Church (Bourg)-4355 Highway 24
12. Mechanicville Gym -2814 Senator Street

Tropical Storm Karen is threatening plans for the annual Gretna Heritage Festival.

WGNO News Darian Trotter reports, organizers are watching the system and developing an emergency play.

The stage is being set, on the West Bank for the Gretna Heritage Festival’s 19th year; despite threats from Tropical Storm Karen…  The threat of wind and rain.

Crews are hard at work, placing protective covering on electrical equipment.

There are multiple tents and multiple layers of tarp.

“So right now we’re just buttoned up and covered and waiting to see what the weather does next,” audio engineer Brent Healy said.

Music fans are waiting too.

Weather permitting; the three-day festival will feature six-stages of classic rock, soul, and the sounds of local bands.

Mix in food, spirits, and carnival rides and it’s a weekend of family fun in downtown Gretna.

Trotter asked, “What would stop the show?” “It would have to be a significant wind event, more so than water,” Healy replied. “Rain, we can live with wind is when it starts to get dangerous.”

“Our stages, main stages can handle up to 40 mph winds, but we don’t want to push it to that level we’re going to put safety first,” festival chairman Ricky Templet said.

Templet says he’s been in constant contact with the National Weather Service; and he’s developing a contingency plan for crews working the tents, stages, and sound systems.

Trotter asked, “Not pulling the plug yet?” “We haven’t pulled the plug yet; we’re just keeping a close eye on what’s taking place,” Templet said. “Hopefully it jogs more to the east overnight and we’re going to reevaluate the situation,”

Templet has planned a conference call in the morning to reassess the situation.

He says if the show is not cancelled due to rain, refunds will not be issued to ticket holders who elect not to show up.

(from Gentilly Fest) – Tropical Storm Karen may be threatening the Gulf Coast this weekend, but Gentilly Fest, Inc. representatives have issued a statement that the tropical storm won’t stop the 2013 Gentilly Festival. Set-up crews and vendors are still in Gentilly setting up for this weekend’s fest. Visitors to the festival are advised to take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety.

The festival takes place in Pontchartrain Park playground located at the corner of Press & Prentiss

Dates: October 4, 5, and 6 th

www.gentillyfest.com

 

(from St. Charles Parish) – The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Karen in the Gulf of Mexico.

The parish is currently under a tropical storm watch. The current forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Karen moving rapidly across the gulf before interacting with a cold front. This interaction will cause the path of Karen to shift eastward with an eventual landfall near the Alabama / Florida border.

NHC calls for winds of between 25 mph and 35 mph in our area with possible tropical storm force gusts beginning late Friday and going into Saturday. Rainfall expectations are 2 to 4 inches, with tides 2 to 4 feet above normal.

At this time officials urge residents to take this weekend to shore up their own emergency plans and disaster supply kits should they become necessary. Residents should also begin preparing their homes for windy conditions and heavy rain, including picking up and/or securing items that could be blown around and clearing culverts and drains on their properties.

Because of the potential for higher than normal tides in the LaPlace / Montz area, sand and bags will be available at Montz Park, 100 Calcagno Street in Montz. Please bring a shovel.

Power outages may be possible with this storm scenario. Residents should call 1-800-ENTERGY to report outages.

All parish pump stations and generators are operable and fueled, and canals have been pumped down.

An announcement about the status of parish Saturday morning recreational games will be made on Friday.

Information on hurricane preparation can be found at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane or www.getagameplan.org. Residents should also continue to monitor weather forecasts and the storm track.

Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.

Please stay tuned to local media, Cox Cable Channel 6 in St. Charles Parish, www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements. Parish social media sites will be updated continuously at www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov and www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov.

To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov and click on ‘Emergency Alert System’ on the left side of the page as well as ‘E-Newsletters’ at the top of the page.

For more information on hurricane preparedness and to download a copy of St. Charles Parish’s ‘BE PREPARED’ guide, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane.

- See more at: http://www.stcharlesgov.net/index.aspx?page=26&recordid=4517&returnURL=%2findex.aspx#sthash.LnsqPvP4.dpuf

Weather
10/03/13

Be Prepared For Tropical Storm Karen

Be Prepared For Tropical Storm Karen

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