Hurricane Preparedness

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Tropical Storm Gordon is taking aim at the Louisiana-Mississippi coast. The predicted path of the storm, at this time, would indicate about all we will get out of the storm is some much needed rain.

Here is the latest on Gordon from the National Weather Service in Shreveport on Tuesday afternoon:
“Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move around 15 mph northwestward approaching the Northern Gulf Coast. Locally heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches possible across portions of NE LA, SW AR, and SE OK beginning Wednesday and continuing into Friday.”

Also on Tuesday, the weather service issued these rainfall predictions:
“Two to four inches of rain are possible Wednesday through Friday across Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, and Northeast Louisiana as Tropical Storm Gordon moves across the region. The highest rainfall amounts and the greatest threat for flooding should be northeast and east of the Four State Region. However, if the track of Gordon is farther westward, the potential rainfall amounts and the threat for flooding will increase across our area.”

With the storm approaching, The Journal asked Shane Hubbard at the Red River Office of Emergency Preparedness what they were doing to prepare. Hubbard said, “We are on standby only at this point with the most recent projections showing most of Northwest Louisiana clear of the path with exemptions of rain fall/thunderstorms and a slight risk of high winds. If this projection changes we will begin preparations. It is expected to go back to a tropical storm right before land fall.”

Although not in the path of the storm here in Red River Parish, you may want to check your emergency supplies to be ready just in case.

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