Region braces for bad storms

Parish and state emergency officials Tuesday afternoon prepared for possible flash floods Wednesday and a forecaster with the National Weather Service also warned about the possibility of high winds.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Police, state highway officials and those with Lafayette Consolidated Government agencies participated in a weather webinar Tuesday, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice said.

“We will be closely monitoring roadways,” Judice said. “Everybody’s preparing their resources at this point.”

In St. Mary Parish, all schools and offices will be closed Wednesday due to predicted hazardous road conditions and the danger of flash flooding, according to the system’s website. The need to extend closures will be evaluated late Wednesday afternoon.

Todd Mogged, a forecaster with the NWS in Lake Charles, said Tuesday that warmer weather will accompany the heavy rain that is expected throughout Wednesday and into Thursday.

Light to medium rain fell throughout Acadiana on Tuesday, and was expected to intensify Wednesday, Mogged said.

The NWS’ Lake Charles office was calling for 4 to 6 inches of rain from Woodville, Miss., to Alexandria to Beaumont, Texas, to Morgan City. Mogged said southeast Texas would receive the brunt of the bad weather.

“There could be some isolated higher amounts” of rain and higher winds, with an “isolated chance of tornadoes,” Mogged said. “We’ll get the flash flood effect through Wednesday night.”

The NWS on its website called for 100 percent chance of rain throughout Wednesday and an 80 percent chance of rain Thursday morning that should clear out by Thursday evening.

Judice said Lafayette Parish emergency crews and others throughout south Louisiana have been put on standby in case there are homes that need to be evacuated.