Hurricane Ida made landfall at noon today at Port Fourchon as a Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150 MPH. At the 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. briefings today, the NWS reports from earlier this morning remained the same except that:
• Wind speed for upper St. Martin is projected to be from 45-53 MPH between the hours of 4:00 P.M to 9:00 P.M. At that time wind gusts will subside to less than 35 MPH by 6:00 A.M. Monday.
• In lower St. Martin Parish, the wind speed will be from 50-68 MPH between the hours of 4:00 P.M and 9:00 P.M. They will subside to less than 35 MPH by 6:00 A.M. Monday.
• The rain projections have been reduced to 1-5 inches in potential rain bands in isolated areas.
After discussion with Sheriff and OEP personnel, and in view of the reduction in the projected wind intensity, the limited time Tropical Storm winds will be present, and reduction in the rain predictions, President Cedars has lifted the curfew beginning at 7:00 A.M. tomorrow morning.
It appears that the eastward shift in the storm mitigated the severe projections for our Parish which we had received less than 24 hours earlier. Unfortunately, the southeastern part of our state is, to put it candidly, getting battered by all three components of a storm: rain, wind, and storm surges. Please pray for that part of our state.
All Parish owned and operated facilities will still be closed Monday, August 30, 2021. This includes the St. Martin Parish Courthouse. At this point, it is anticipated that Parish facilities will be opened Tuesday.
The Bayou Milhomme Bridge in Stephensville will be closed relative to boat traffic until 5:00 P.M. Monday.
As stated earlier, Public Works employees will remain on standby and shall be prepared to respond to post-storm issues as soon as the storm passes. Please report all public works issues to the Sheriff’s Office or 911. Also, designated administrative personnel shall also be on standby and expected to report to work as directed by the Parish President.
The Parish President will attend NWS conferences at 7:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. tonight. Any significant changes will be posted.
Anyone needing any assistance whatsoever should call the Parish’s OEP at (337)394-2808.