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Bonnie weakens to depression over Gulf

Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service briefs local officials and emergency personnel on the status of then-Tropical Storm Bonnie on Friday. BY BRAD PUCKETT

Officials from across Southwest Louisiana gathered for a Friday morning briefing on Tropical Storm Bonnie, but most contingency plans were scrapped by the afternoon as the system weakened to a tropical depression.

Bonnie entered the Gulf of Mexico at about 6 p.m. with sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving in a northwestern direction at around 17 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.

To listen to the news conference, CLICK HERE.

Meteorologist Roger Erickson described Bonnie as having an ill-defined center. Its speed and a disturbance in the Bay of Campeche were keeping the storm from becoming more organized, Erickson said.

Bonnie is still on a path to hit the oil spill, but Accuweather forecasters expected the weak system to help break up the surface oil. They believe there is still a chance more oil could be pushed into marshes.

A weather service advisory issued late Friday said Bonnie could again become a tropical storm today as it passes through the Gulf’s warm waters.

Tropical storms have winds of between 39 and 73 mph.

Landfall is expected this evening in southeast Louisiana.

Erickson said tides in Cameron Parish are expected to be between 1 and 2 feet above normal and that the Lake Area would get about 1 inch of rain.


July 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

SW La. braces for hard freeze

Use caution on roadways; area schools put on notice

As temperatures drop across the state, Department of Transportation and Development officials say they will monitor roadways for ice and fallen trees and branches.

Maintenance crews are on standby to apply salt or sand to bridges or roads affected by any snow, rain or sleet. A DOTD news release says some road closures may take place.

Officials advise motorists to use caution in extreme weather — drive slowly, avoid distractions, allow extra driving time and make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.

DOTD provides real-time traffic and road condition information online at

Officials with the Calcasieu Parish school system have been in touch with the Office of Emergency Preparedness, along with the DOTD, local police and the National Weather Service, said Charlene Chiasson, school system spokeswoman.

“Superintendent (Wayne) Savoy met with all of these officials today,” Chiasson said. “He is maintaining constant contact and following their recommendations on whether or not to close schools.”

Late Wednesday, the National Weather Service recorded 47 degrees, and the forecast has the temperature going downhill from there.

Light rain should end in the afternoon and be followed by an evening temperature in the mid-20s.

Friday will be sunny and cold, with a high in the mid-30s and a low in the teens. Overnight temperatures during the weekend are expected to remain in the teens.

The wind chill along the Intestate 10 corridor could reach 10 degrees, forecasters said.


January 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Forecast: More rain headed this way

*published Oct. 28, 2009

Some locations may get as much as eight inches

Local officials are warning residents that the area could see more rain and flooding over the next few days.

The National Weather Service projects that 3 to 5 inches of rain will fall, starting late today.

And forecasters say some locations may see more than 8 inches of rain before the bad weather moves out of the area early Friday.

Tides are expected to be 1 to 2 feet above normal, with water across some roads near waterways.

Dick Gremillion, director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, urges residents to be cautious around high water.

“You should do whatever you can to avoid high water,” Gremillion said. “If you don’t know how deep the water is, take an alternate route.”

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said it had to dispatch deputies to respond to about a dozen calls about vehicles stranded because of the weather on Monday.

Gremillion said these kind of calls tie up law enforcement and fire department resources.


October 28, 2009 at 10:04 am