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Posted: Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:02PM

Parish-by-Parish notices for Trop. Storm Karen



Local governments across Southeast Louisiana are releasing information for residents.  Below are news releases from several local officails:

City of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans is monitoring Tropical Storm Karen currently developing in the Gulf of Mexico. In anticipation of severe weather forecasted for the area, the City is reminding residents to monitor weather conditions and stay alert. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain and storms will affect the area beginning Friday evening.

Residents should call NOLA 311 for emergency preparedness information and to report malfunctioning traffic signals.

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Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to http://ready.nola.gov. This service allows City officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a twitter handle: @nolaready.

Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Karen currently located in the southern Gulf of Mexico near the Yucatan Peninsula.  At this time, National Weather Service forecasters expect T.S. Karen to make landfall east of the Louisiana Gulf Coast between the Alabama coast and Florida panhandle.

The National Weather Service anticipates the storm may strengthen briefly to a lower-level Category 1 hurricane while southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. However, due to interactions with a strong cold front and wind shear aloft, expectations are Karen will weaken back to tropical storm levels prior to landfall. Strongest impacts will be east of the center.

At this time, impact to Jefferson Parish, particularly to lower Jefferson Parish, may include:

-Possible storm surge 1'-2' above normal in areas outside of the levee protection system to include Grand Isle, Lafitte, Crown Point, and Barataria.
-Tides 2'-4' in the Tropical Storm Watch area and 4'-6' in the Hurricane Watch area, highest on East and Southeast facing shores.
-Potential for at least 2-4 inches of rain Friday night through Saturday night.
-Potential for Tropical Storm winds or gusts, 35-45 mph winds over land and Lake Pontchartrain.
 

Jefferson Parish strongly encourages all citizens to take the necessary steps now to prepare your families, homes, and property in the event Jefferson Parish is impacted by this or any weather event.  Residents should pay close attention to news reports for weather updates.

Citizens are asked to help reduce the chance of street flooding by clearing debris from their streets and drains around their property; such debris impedes water flow into the drainage system. Parish Ordinance Section 36-188 prohibits motorists from traveling on flooded streets, which may increase the possibility of structural flooding due to wake action caused by moving vehicles.

Jefferson Parish Public Works crews will be available to respond as needed.  All pump stations requiring manning will be fully staffed for the duration until the threat of this weather event is over.

To receive weather and emergency bulletins with JPAlert and for important preparedness information, visit the Jefferson Parish website at jeffparish.net.

Grand Isle

Grand Isle has issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents and visitors.

St. Tammany Parish

Tropical Storm Karen is currently located in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from weather experts at the National Weather Service and we are monitoring the track of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any 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, and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Sign up to receive automatic emergency email updates from the Parish at Tropical Storm Karen is currently located in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from weather experts at the National Weather Service and we are monitoring the track of this system. St. Tammany Parish has implemented its "Storm in the Gulf" protocols.

Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any 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, and, if necessary, through ALERT St. Tammany. Sign up to receive automatic emergency email updates from the Parish at www.stpgov.org/register.php.

We urge all residents to prepare for the possibility of a rain and wind event. Assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from the weather. 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. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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 urge all residents to prepare for the possibility of a rain and wind event. Assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from the weather. 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. For more storm preparation tips visit www.ready.gov.

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.

City of Kenner

Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni has placed the city’s Emergency Action Team on standby to closely monitor Tropical Storm Karen, which was located in the southern Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning and on a forecasted track to move east of the metropolitan area for a landfall in the panhandle of Florida this weekend.

Kenner and the rest of the metropolitan area is currently under a tropical storm watch, while a hurricane watch has been posted from Grand Isle east into Florida. There is a chance Karen could become a minimal hurricane as the storm approaches the Gulf Coast, but forecasters believe it will then weaken somewhat before making landfall, perhaps late Saturday or early Sunday.

At this point, heavy rain and some winds approaching tropical storm force would be the most likely threats from Karen, based on the current forecast. Any updated information, based on future weather forecasts, will be released immediately on the city’s website, www.kenner.la.us, the Kenner Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/officialcityofkennergovernment and to all Kenner Twitter followers.

"As of this morning, we are being told this storm will bring only a wet and windy weekend to the area," Yenni said. "However, we will monitor weather forecasts 24 hours a day and keep Kenner residents informed at all times."

In the meantime, Kenner residents can help by clearing storm drains in their neighborhood of debris in the event of heavy rains this weekend. If any drains are severely clogged, residents can contact the Public Works Department at 468-7515 to have the drains cleared.

Lafourche Parish

Lafourche Parish Government is preparing for Tropical Storm Karen. We are expected to see widespread rainfall; this storm is a reminder that we are still in hurricane season.  The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has issued a weather update about a potential storm hitting landfall in the next 48 hours.

The Parish is preparing for heavy rainfall. The Department of Public Works has implemented storm preparation procedures. Pump stations are fuelled and ready. We ask that residents clear all drainage ditches on their property and secure all yard furniture, including garbage cans and their covers in case of strong winds.  Any resident that is in need of assistance of clearing their drainage ditch please contact the Department of Public Works at 985-532-8235.

In the event of a storm, especially any with electrical power outages please refer to our list of recommended supplies that can be found on the Lafourche Parish Government website and Facebook page.  Preparedness recommendations include:

-5 day supply of food per person (at least)
-Gallon of water, per person per day
-Medications (7 day supply)
-Batteries

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.


St. John the Baptist Parish

St. John the Baptist Parish is under a Tropical Storm Watch as a tropical system develops in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Karen is being closely monitored and preparations are being made for tropical storm conditions.  

Although the system is disorganized, all models are being studied to determine the path of the storm. The National Hurricane Center is expecting Tropical Storm Karen to strengthen into a lower end Category 1 Hurricane; however, as a result of an approaching cold front, the storm could weaken back to a tropical storm before making landfall early Saturday morning.       

Winds of 35 to 45 mph are expected and approximately 2 to 4 inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts could impact the area.   The Tropical Storm Watch area, including St. John the Baptist Parish, could receive 2 to 4 feet of storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain. Water levels in the lake are are currently above normal and could continue to rise as wind speeds increase this weekend. Street flooding is expected at Ruddock on Hwy 51, Peavine and Frenier. As a result of high water levels in the lake, parish drainage systems will take longer than normal to drain.

St. John Parish Public Works is preparing pumps stations and parish drainage systems for heavy rainfall and preparing for possible power outages this weekend. The Utilities Department is also checking water and wastewater systems and making preparations for back-up systems should that be deemed necessary.

Residents are asked to make necessary preparations at home and secure all loose objects in anticipation of power outages, heavy rainfall, and possible street flooding this weekend. Residents with debris curbside are encouraged to bring vegetative debris to the Parish incinerator located on Airport Road in Reserve.  

Please stay tuned to local weather stations for changes in the storm's forecast and for information, please visit sjbparish.com, St. John Parish Government Access Channel (RTC, Comcast Ch 15 and AT&T U-Verse Ch 99), facebook.com/sjbparish, twitter: @SJBPgov, or call St. John the Baptist Parish at 985-652-9569. Please sign up to receive emergency alerts at sjbparish.com.

Terrebonne Parish - Sandbag Locations Announced in 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




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