St. Charles Parish officials are asking local residents to secure items around their homes and continue to stay weather aware ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall in Louisiana later tonight.
“We’re prepared for winds you would see with a tropical storm,” Samantha de Castro, parish director of communications, said in an interview this afternoon. “There’s a potential for 2 to 5 inches of rain during the span of a few days, but it should be short lived and nothing should sit over us for too long.”
Parish President Matthew Jewell and members of the parish’s EOC team have been monitoring weather predictions and storm surge warnings, she said, including visiting Des Allemands to review conditions there.
“We’re under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. today,” de Castro said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Laura. We stand ready to help our neighbors should they need it.”
The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a wind advisory, as well as tornado and storm surge watches, for St. Charles Parish until late tonight (Aug. 26).
Parish officials asked all residents to wait to put garbage cans out until tomorrow morning and to report down trees or storm damage to the EOC at 985-783-5050.