According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Season starts June 1 to November 30th, with August to October being the peak months for tropical cyclone events.
A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding.
A Hurricane Watch does not mean that hurricane conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.
A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Please stay tuned to local news stations and social media for the latest details, and see links below for more information.
Hurricane Tracking Chart (downloadable .pdf)
St. Mary Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (Official Facebook Page)
Extreme Weather Information Sheet (downloadable .pdf)
Newspapers – Morgan City Daily Review, Franklin Banner-Tribune
Television – KWBJ TV 22, Teche Talk