As you wake up Friday morning, the state of Louisiana is under an emergency declaration in the wake of Barry. Various predicted paths take the storm over most of the state. It may be a category 1 hurricane or a tropical storm when it makes landfall.
In northwest Louisiana preparations are underway, just in case. Forecasts from the Weather Channel call for rains beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing into Monday. Area TV weathercasters were predicting an inch of rain or more.
The greatest threat from the weather Friday and Saturday is the heat. Thursday afternoon the heat index hovered around 100 degrees. It will be hot Friday, cooling somewhat Saturday and Sunday before the 90s return on Monday. Consult your favorite weather source frequently. As we are all aware Louisiana weather can change in an instant.
Lifeshare Blood Center is getting ready. They posted, “We’re preparing for the storm that’s ahead in the Gulf. Our goal is to save lives that are affected by the storm. Help us save lives by donating now. Call to schedule an appointment at your nearest LifeShare donor center or schedule an appointment online at www.lifeshare.org.”
Cleco says their service areas in the state will be affected by Barry. Cleco offered these tips on storm preparation:
- Prepare a storm kit – gather supplies you might need for an outage, including flashlight, batteries, canned food, manual can opener, bottled water, medication and a first aid kit.
- Clear patio furniture and other objects that could move in high winds and cause damage or injury.
- Charge cell phones, tablets and laptops.
- Do not connect portable generators to your home’s electrical wiring and never operate in an enclosed space like a garage.
- If water is getting close to your home or business, turn off individual breakers and then turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
- Remember to call 911 and Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 to report an unsafe situation involving electricity.
The best tip is to keep informed. If the weather becomes severe in Red River Parish, the Journal will issue special updates to our email subscribers and on our social media pages.