BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge (EBR) Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued a warning Tuesday evening, ahead of a series of storms that are expected to affect the region overnight and throughout Wednesday, December 14.

Expected weather conditions

Mayor Broome said, “The National Weather Service (NWS) Slidell has included East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) in the Enhanced Risk of Severe Weather forecast today and continuing through tomorrow. The main threat is predicted to be heavy rainfall; however, hail, tornadoes, and high wind gusts are also possible.”

Weather experts are expecting at least 4” – 6” of rain and the parish is currently under a Flash Flood Watch until 9 p.m., Wednesday.

How to stay safe

The Mayor then urged any drivers expecting to get behind the wheel Wednesday morning to plan for detours or traffic delays, and avoid driving through water covered roadways.

“I am encouraging everyone to track these storms and heed the advice of your local weather experts and officials. Conditions can change quickly, and it is difficult to determine exactly where potential problems will develop. In this case, much of the danger will continue into the overnight hours Tuesday when most people are asleep. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be Red Stick Ready and protect yourself and your loved ones. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and communicate your emergency plan with all members of your household.”

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

In conclusion, Mayor Broome said, “I am encouraging everyone to track these storms and heed the advice of your local weather experts and officials… Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and communicate your emergency plan with all members of your household.”

A related update from Entergy Louisiana encouraged customers to prepare by charging up their mobile devices and having an emergency kit that includes flashlights, medicine, first aid, blankets, water and food.

Entergy added that the most dangerous part of a storm can be when the storm passes and that it’s critical to stay away from any downed powerlines as there is no way to tell whether a downed powerline is energized. Individuals who encounter power lines should report them by calling 1-800-ENTERGY.

Where to find dependable weather updates

For your own safety, please remain updated on the latest weather conditions by watching the WVLA/WGMB weather forecast, or by following @BRProudNews on Twitter.

Locals are also encouraged to download the City of Baton Rouge’s Red Stick Ready mobile application, which is free on Apple and Android devices, by searching “Red Stick Ready”.