St. John Parish, River Region expected to experience severe weather Thursday

Published 4:31 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

LAPLACE — A strong spring storm system will move across the region Thursday and into the evening, possibly bringing severe weather to the area.

The National Weather Service may issue watches or warnings as the weather event progresses, and St. John the Baptist Parish and River Region residents should stay abreast of changing weather conditions and monitor weather channels for updates.

The main threats associated with the severe storms will be

• Wind gusts more than 60 mph which could down trees and powerlines and/or cause structural damage

• Isolated tornadoes – a few of which could be strong, mainly across the enhanced risk area

• Hail greater than 1 inch in diameter.

• Locally heavy rainfall could lead to ponding of water. If any area sees multiple rounds of thunderstorms, isolated flash flooding could occur.

Residents are encouraged to pick up tree limbs, bring in garbage cans and tie down anything that can become flying debris such as trampolines in yards.

Residents are also encouraged to assist in cleaning up catch basins and drains around homes in advance of rainfall.

Public Works and Utilities crews will be on standby if issues arise. Please dial 9-1-1 Emergency Center to report concerns during the weather event.

Please also visit the St. John Parish website at and click on “stay Connected” to register for Parish alerts.

— Submitted by St. John Communications.