Nicondra began her broadcasting career in 1999 with WAKA, the CBS affiliate, in Montgomery, AL. She spent almost six years in Alabama as weekend, then later, morning meteorologist. She is a proud member of the American Meteorological Society, The National Weather Association and The National Association of Black Journalists.
One Covid stat shared Saturday afternoon July 11,2020 when Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards added a statewide mask mandate and shut down bars with a surge in cases highlights how what sounds like a small percentage can be a big problem.
As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on we've seen higher death rates in minority communities. A leading epidemiologist and a New Orleans Medical leader both way in on the pandemic’s toll on the Latinx community.
Sunday saw excessive heat warnings for most of the area with temperatures near 100 degrees and heat indices in the 110 to 120 feels like range. An excessive heat warning means it is much easier to become dehydrated, experience heat stress or heat stroke.
Strong Summer high pressure just to our west continues to allow the region to bake. Coupled with plenty of moisture and overnight lows hovering near 80 we’ve neared or broken record highs for several days and can expect the trend to continue.
The hashtag #Blackoutday2020 flooded social media as people around the country took a day off from general spending and directed dollars towards black-owned businesses. Black business leaders and a local economist weigh in on how this movement can make a difference.
Tourism officials hope locals can help keep businesses afloat. Some areas of New Orleans saw big crowds over the Independence Day weekend, but crowds could be the opposite of what tourism-based businesses need in the long run.
Some homes were flooded in St. Charles Parish where rain reports showed more than 6 and a half inches of rain in some locations coming in about an hour and thirty minutes. St. Tammany also saw extensive street flooding Sunday.
We remain in the wet stretch of weather we’ve been experiencing where waves of energy are circulating around high pressure and triggering storms that at times are dumping huge amounts of rain in a short period of time. That pacttern should continue right into the start of the week.
It will not be raining everywhere all at once, but it is likely that most areas see a heavy down pour at some point. A few locations could see extreme totals such as in St. Charles and Lafourche Parishes on Friday seeing more than 5 inches of rain.
The slightly higher than typical summer heat and humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory through 6 pm. A heat advisory means the feels like temperature will stay in the 104 to 108 range into the early evening.
Cristobal remained a very disorganized storm late into the night Saturday with plenty of dry air moving into the system. Some storms did start to develop to the south and west of the center, but no strong indications there could be a dramitc increase in the strength of the storm.
Before he can close the chapter on coronavirus the parish could face another major threat. “Due to our vulnerability with the levee system and how it is set up now we have to worry about the influx of water that comes up from Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain,” said Perrilloux.
The Gulf to the south, Lake Pontchartrain to the north and miles of wetlands, canals and lakes place the populated areas of Jefferson Parish in a very vulnerable position during a hurricane. Officials came together Monday at the Emergency Operations Center in Gretna to reassure citizens.