Parishes, counties update closures, preparations for severe weather

Parishes, counties update closures, preparations for severe weather

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A strong line of severe weather is expected to move through Southeast Louisiana on Thursday morning and into the afternoon. Some areas could see tornadoes, hail and a lot of rain.

The main threats associated with any severe storms will be:

  • Wind gusts in excess of 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 in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage. If any area sees multiple rounds of thunderstorms, isolated flash flooding could occur.

Here are the latest updates sent out from parishes in the New Orleans Metro area. If you have an update about your parish, please email


Closures: Orleans Parish Civil District Court, First and Second City Court will close at noon. Traffic Court is closed.

City Hall and other government offices will be closed at noon.

Public safety departments and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will remain open.

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) customer service lobbies are closed today as of 12:00 pm

Audubon Nature Institute attractions will close at 2 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, there is an enhanced risk of severe weather and potential for heavy rainfall in the New Orleans area on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The following pumps are down and being repaired: 1 pump at Station 1 in Broadmoor 1 pump at Station 6 (17th Street Canal) 1 pump at Station 4 in Gentilly 1 pump at Station 20 in N.O. East 116 out of 120 drainage pumps are available, according to the S&WB.

Make preparations and stay weather-aware. Updates and more info at


Closures: Second Parish Court will close at 12:30 p.m.

“The National Weather Service has advised that a storm system capable of bringing severe weather is expected to pass through our area tomorrow and we should not become complacent,” said President Michael Yenni. “We will continue to monitor the weather and ask that all residents remain vigilant and stay weather aware.”

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St. Charles:

Currently, St. Charles Parish officials are urging residents to monitor weather reports and prepare for tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, large hail, and flash flooding by pulling in any loose items or trash cans inside away from strong winds and reporting any debris piles or blocked culverts to EOC at (985) 783-5050.

Any questions may be directed to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day. Parish social media sites will be updated continuously

Please stay tuned to local media, SCP-TV (Cox Cable Channel 6, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or in St. Charles Parish),, 1-888-SCP-9EOC or 1370 AM in St. Charles Parish for further announcements.

To sign up for emergency text messages and e-mails, visit

St. John:

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.

St. Tammany:

Closures: St. Tammany Parish government will be closed Thursday. The parish’s Emergency Operations personnel will be conducting preventative and protective work, and all other personnel have been place on stand-by. The St. Tammany Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is receiving continual updates from the National Weather Service in Slidell, and is closely monitoring the potential impacts of this severe weather.

Other Agency Closures (Outside of Parish Government): St. Tammany Parish Justice Center, Assessor (Closing at Noon), Clerk of Court (Closing at Noon), 22nd Judicial District Court (Closing at Noon), District Attorney’s Office (Closing at Noon), Registrar of Voters (Closed Thursday) Sheriff’s Office (Closing at 1 p.m.), St. Tammany Parish Libraries (Closed Thursday), STAR Transit (Closed Thursday)

Parish President Pat Brister and Parish Government’s emergency operations personnel are asking that all citizens monitor changing weather conditions, prepare for an enhanced risk of severe weather on Thursday, April 19, 2019, from mid-morning to late afternoon, including : localized heavy rainfall, damaging straight lines winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes. With a Hazardous Weather Outlook being forecast by the National Weather Service in Slidell, conditions could deteriorate and should be taken seriously.

Lafourche Parish:

Closures: Due to the imminent threat of severe weather, the City of Thibodaux offices will close on Thursday, April 18th, 2019, at noon

Southern Mississippi:

Quiet overnight with increasing clouds and winds from the southeast. Lows in the mid 60s. A strong storm system will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms during the day on Thursday. Some of these storms may be severe with locally damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. The risk for severe weather will be between Noon and midnight for all of South Mississippi, including Pearl River, Stone, George, Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties. It is important to stay weather aware on Thursday and have multiple ways to get weather warnings. – WLOX Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne

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