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ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA – Hurricane Preparedness Meeting with NWS
Today the National Weather Service presented their outlook for the 2024 hurricane season. Local officials
throughout the parish were in attendance at The Delta Grand in Opelousas to listen to the presentation
and learn how they can better prepare for the active season.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Doug Cramer says it’ll be an above normal year for tropical activity.
“The National Weather Service is 85% confident that we’re going to have an active hurricane season,”
Cramer said.
Comparing the 2020 hurricane season versus this year, Cramer says ocean temperatures are much
“Whenever you have warm ocean temperatures, that typically means you’re going to have a higher
frequency than of tropical cyclone activity. You combine that with us going into La Niña, and we predict
we’ll be in La Niña by mid August this year,” Cramer explains.
Regardless of the forecasted season, St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard will be prepared.
“As we anticipate an active hurricane season, St. Landry Parish is taking every necessary step to ensure
the safety and well-being of our residents. We’ve strengthened our emergency response plans,
coordinated with local agencies, and are fully stocked with essential supplies. Our community can rest
assured that we are prepared and vigilant,” Bellard says.
Cramer encourages the public to be vigilant when as hurricane season approaches.
“If you’re in a storm surge zone, you need to get out, you need to be prepared and make sure you’re
monitoring the storm surge forecast and if you’re in that zone, you just need to get out.”.