BATON ROUGE, LA — In anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for East Baton Rouge Parish effective Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4:25 p.m. The Tropical Storm Warning means that TROPICAL STORM conditions are expected within 36 hours. Currently, the storm path will take it very close to East Baton Rouge Parish.
East Baton Rouge Parish could see tropical storm force wind speeds, as well as large amounts of rainfall that could potentially cause widespread flooding. Isolated tornadoes are also a possibility with this system. Effects of the storm could be felt for as long as 48 hours across the Parish.
“As with any storm, we are urging everyone to continue to make the proper preparations not only for the duration of the storm, but also for the possibility of being without basic services for an extended period of time. Please use the buddy system and check on your neighbors to ensure that we are all as prepared as we can possibly be. Also, make sure to fill or refill any prescriptions that you may need,” Mayor Holden said. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is recommending everyone visit www.redstickready.com for the proper preparation steps that citizens should take at this time.
The Mayor’s Office, in conjunction with the MOHSEP, NWS, City-Parish responder agencies and local weather experts, has been monitoring the storm since Friday and will continue to do so as it nears. Mayor Holden will hold a press conference at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning, Monday, August 27, 2012, to address Tropical Storm Isaac and current City-Parish preparations. Please continue to monitor weather alerts and advisories as they arise. If you have any questions about the current weather situation, please contact the MOHSEP at 225-389-2100.
- Tropical Storm Isaac is currently over open waters and will enter the Gulf of Mexico in approximately 12 hours.
- There is a good chance for Tropical Storm Isaac to intensify due to the higher temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Hurricane Watch has been extended west to Morgan City; this includes the New Orleans Metro Area and all Parishes adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain.
- Tropical Storm Isaac’s current forecast track has adjusted more westward of the previous
- Forecast intensity models still call for a strong Category 2 Hurricane at its US landfall, which is predicted late Tuesday evening (08-28-12) / early Wednesday morning (08-29-12).
- Tropical Storm force wind probabilities range form 80-90% for the Mississippi Coast and 70-80% for Southeast Louisiana, North and South of Lake Pontchartrain and 50-70% across River Parishes and areas around Baton Rouge.
- Hurricane force wind probabilities are now 20-30% for Mississippi Coast and 10-20% for Southeast Louisiana.
- Onset of Tropical Storm winds: late Monday night / early Tuesday morning.
- Tropical Storm wind duration: 24 hours for most locations with a few locations up to 36 hours.
- Hurricane force wind duration: 6-8 hours in areas within direct path.
- Rainfall: 12-16 inches. Highest threat along the East of the track.
- Tornados: threat Tuesday through early Wednesday.