The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging the people of Louisiana to monitor the forecast over the next several days due to possible tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a trough of low pressure located over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, where a broad area of low pressure is expected to form in a couple of days. Some gradual development is possible thereafter and a tropical depression is likely to form by the end of the week while the low meanders near the northern Gulf Coast. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week. The chance of development during the next five days is 80% as of Monday afternoon.
“There are a lot of uncertainties with this system,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “The National Hurricane Center has now increased the possibility of a system developing, so it is important for everyone in Louisiana to stay weather aware. If there is tropical development, it is too early to determine exactly which direction the system will move. Heavy rains along the gulf coast appear to be likely regardless of the track. Check your emergency supplies, and develop a communication plan with your family.
Now is also a good time to download the KLFY Weather App.
If you have an Android phone, you can download it at the Google store by clicking here.
If you have an Apple phone, can you download it at the Apple Store by clicking here.
An emergency kit should include these items:
•Bottled water (At least three gallons of water per person)
•First aid kit and essential medications-prescription medications and list of medications for each person
•Form of Identification
•Canned food and non-electric can opener
•Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
•Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
•High energy foods – peanut butter, jelly, crackers, etc.
Also, determine a plan for your pets should evacuations become necessary.
Remember to avoid flooded roadways if that becomes a problem. Check the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s www.511la.org before you travel if your region is impacted by the storms.