The tropical system about which we have been reporting is now Hurricane Ida with 85 MPH winds. It is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 or 4 Hurricane before landfall sometime Sunday evening.
At the National Weather Service briefing this afternoon, the following information was received:
- The area of risk associated with this storm is from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle. Of course, our area is in this area.
- The landfall will likely be anywhere between 6:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. Sunday as a Category 3 or possibly a Category 4 Hurricane.
- Tropical storm wind associated with the storm will affect our region as early as Sunday morning. Tropical storm winds are those between 40-74 MPH.
- There is a 30% to 60% chance that we will experience Hurricane force winds.
- Rainfall will be between 4-10 inches and could possibly be as high as 10-15 inches if the storm tracks further to the west.
- A storm surge of 1-7 feet is possible with respect to our region.
The confidence level assigned as of this afternoon was “high”.
Sandbagging will continue at the previously posted sites until 7:00 P.M. Saturday.
Acting in concert with law enforcement and the Parish’s OEP, Parish President Chester Cedars has imposed a curfew commencing at 5:00 P.M. Sunday until 5:00 P.M. Monday. Depending on what develops, this curfew may be revised.
All Parish owned and operated facilities will be closed Monday, August 30, 2021. This includes the St. Martin Parish Courthouse. The closures may extend beyond Monday depending on the damages associated with the storm.
The Bayou Milhomme Bridge in Stephensville will be closed relative to boat traffic commencing at 5:00 P.M. Saturday until 5:00 P.M. Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard has been advised accordingly.
Public Works employees will remain on standby and shall be prepared to respond to post-storm issues as soon as the storm passes. Also, designated administrative personnel shall also be on standby and expected to report to work as directed by my office.
Should the time of closures be extended, the public and Parish employees will be advised accordingly.
Projections regarding this storm are still rapidly evolving. Therefore, an updated post will be forthcoming late tomorrow morning after a scheduled OEP/NWS conference at 10:00 A.M.
Anyone needing any assistance whatsoever should call the Parish’s OEP at (337)394-2808.