August 26 @ 4:30 p.m. – Ida Phase 1 Storm Watch, Update 2
GLPC PHASE I: STORM WATCH
Tropical Storm Ida
Thursday, August 26, 2021
The Port Commission is monitoring Tropical Storm Ida as it develops and enters the Gulf of Mexico. This weather system is forecast to strengthen before entering the Southeastern Gulf late Friday or early Saturday.
The path and impacts of Ida remain uncertain, but the potential for serious weather affecting Louisiana is increasing rapidly. Tropical storm force winds could impact our area any time from late Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.
Port Fourchon businesses and coastal residents should be alert, but not alarmed, and monitor communications for updates and warnings.
Please review your facility’s hurricane plan, be thoughtful of stockpiling any loose material or excess items that could fly away or be damaged if Port Fourchon is affected by a storm, and make sure the Port Commission has your facility’s updated contact information so that you can receive timely storm-related information.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS IN THE PORT FOURCHON AREA:
- There is still a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast. Impacts may vary widely depending upon eventual track, strength, size, and speed of movement. Moderate confidence on track and intensity.
- RAINFALL: Expected rainfall totals of 4-6 inches from 7:00 a.m. Sunday through 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.
- TIDES/STORM SURGE: Potential risk of 4-6 feet in coastal areas outside of the levee system. Rising tides due to storm surge could begin as early as Saturday.
- WINDS: 80% to 90% probability of tropical storm-force winds along coastal southeastern Louisiana, with 20% to 30% probability of hurricane-force winds.
- ROADWAYS: No anticipated closures at this time.
- WATCHES & WARNINGS: There are currently no watches or warnings in effect for our area, but they will likely be issued within the next 24-48 hours as the storm moves in.
EMERGENCY STORM HARBOR MARINA:
GLPC is opening the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021 to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity.
Visit this link to view GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use:
NOTIFICATIONS AND WEATHER INFORMATION:
If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent out regularly during a weather event with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.
Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER & STORM INFO webpage for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, and contact updating forms.
We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.