Hurricane Ida heads toward the Gulf Coast

St. Tammany Parish has issued an executive order declaring a parish-wide curfew, effective at noon (1 p.m. ET) today, including all municipalities, parish president Michael Cooper said.

The curfew will be in effect until the danger of Hurricane Ida has passed, the parish president said. 

While the curfew is in effect, the only vehicles allowed on the streets within the parish will be those necessary to address life-threatening emergencies, and those under the direction of first responders and utilities, Cooper said.

Landfall of Hurricane Ida is expected shortly, as the parish prepares for 10 inches or more of rain and the possibility of tornadoes. Local roadways are expected to be inundated and impassable because of high water, downed trees and downed power lines, Cooper said.

The parish is planning for widespread power outages, with current reports of over 7,500 power outages already, Cooper said.