DENHAM SPRINGS – Just about the time a flood advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS) expired Saturday, the sun began peeking out in parts of Livingston Parish.
Livingston – with Ascension, East Baton Rouge, St. James and St. John parishes -- was under the advisory until 12:15 p.m. due to a weather system that rolled in.
From 1 to 2 inches of rain had been forecast by the NWS in the morning.
By 2:30 p.m. DEMCO reported only two customers were without power near Livingston, while Entergy reported no interrupted service in the parish.
But the parish is not out of the woods – or weather – yet.
The NWS forecast said there is a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening. Winds will be 5-10 mph, with gusts to 25 mph.
Saturday night’s forecast has a 20 percent chance of rain before 10 p.m. West winds at 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
The Sunday forecast is cloudy then clearing by mid-day, with a high near 86. Winds from the north at 5 mph.
No road closures were reported in the Walker area, but the Police Department issued some travel tips.
“Be alert to rising waters. Stay off of roadways until rain has stopped,” the police advisory said. “If you must drive, use your headlights and do not attempt to drive through water crossing roads.”
A slow-moving cold front pushing in the Southern states is the cause of strong to severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall this weekend, the NWS said.
The weather system prompted two other warning from the NWS.
A tornado warning until 9:45 a.m. was issued for Livingston, Ascension and St. James Parishes, with wind formations being tracked near Sorrento.
The warning expired at 9:45 a.m. without no reports of tornadoes or wind damage.
A severe thunderstorm warning also was in effect from Baton Rouge east to Hahnville in St. Charles Parish and from the Mississippi state line south to Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish.
Coastal water warnings also were in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
Meanwhile, polls close at 8 p.m. for voters in two parts of Livingston Parish.
A proposal by Mosquito Abatement Districts 2 & 3 to levy a $3 fee to fund mosquito treatment in the unincorporated area north of the City of Denham Springs and Watson is on the ballot.
The other election is a renewal of a 10-mill, 10-year millage for Fire Protection District 11 in the Albany-Independence area.