Ascension Parish Monitoring T.S. Ida

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 10:46am

GONZALES – Officials from Ascension Parish government and the Ascension Parish School Board are monitoring Tropical Storm Ida as it approaches the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.

Parish President Tommy Martinez concluded at an 8 a.m. teleconference with parish and school board officials that no action needs to be taken at this time. No school closures are imminent this afternoon or Tuesday.

Rick Webre, director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the parish’s Emergency Operations Center is on standby but has not been officially activated.

As of 9 a.m. CDT, the center of now Tropical Storm Ida was located at latitude 26.5 north, longitude 88.3 west, or about 185 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane with this advisory, had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving north-northwest at 17 mph.

All hurricane watches and warnings have been discontinued along the Gulf Coast. However, a tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle east to the Aucilla River in the Florida panhandle, including the metropolitan New Orleans area and Lake Pontchartrain.

According to the National Weather Service, some rainfall of two to three inches and gusty winds of 30-35 mph may be experienced in the Lake Maurepas area.

Another teleconference between parish officials in southeast Louisiana and GOHSEP, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Check back with for further updates.