Sept. 20 @ 9:30 a.m. – TS Beta Phase 1 Storm Watch, Update 2
GLPC STORM WATCH
Tropical Storm Beta
Sunday, September 20, 2020
GLPC is in Storm Watch phase, which means that the Port Commission is monitoring the weather associated with Tropical Storm Beta as it approaches. Coastal flooding, rainfall, and strong winds are all expected to impact the northern Gulf Coast. Although Port Fourchon is not under direct threat from Tropical Storm Beta, we are under an advisory due to coastal flooding concerns.
Conditions have worsened on LA Hwy 1 between Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow and Leeville overnight, with storm waters encroaching and, in some cases, overtopping some areas of low-lying roadway.
Officials have determined that the section of LA 1 south of the Golden Meadow Lock to the entrance of the elevated highway in Leeville will need to be closed to vehicular traffic for small passenger cars effective immediately. Trucks and SUVs are still allowed to travel this route.
Roads are currently open to vehicular traffic, but please drive with caution through low-lying areas. This may transition to road closure in the event of water overtopping LA 1 below the floodgates between Golden Meadow and Leeville.
GLPC Harbor Police, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police are on scene and will continue to monitor water levels and roadway conditions and will send out updates as they become available.
There are no evacuation orders at this time.
Port Fourchon Harbor Police will be monitoring the condition of the roadway, and the Port Commission will send out updates as they become available.
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:
- RAINFALL: Potential for heavy rainfall. Slow movement of this system could create significant rainfall and associated flooding threats.
- TIDES: Elevated tides could affect low-lying portions of the area.
- WINDS: Strong winds possible.
- ROADWAYS: Roads are currently partially open to vehicular traffic, but coastal flooding is a concern as always on Hwy 1 between Leon Theriot Flood Gates in Golden Meadow and Elevated Hwy 1 in Leeville.
WARNINGS, WATCHES, & ADVISORIES (Updated 9/20/2020 @ 4:00 AM):
- Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Lafourche Parish.
- Wind Advisory in effect for Lafourche Parish.
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.