Lafayette Consolidated Government issued the following update on Hurricane Isaac at 11 a.m. Thursday:

Lafayette Parish officials participated in a National Weather Service call this morning.  Hurricane Isaac has begun to bring tropical storm force wind gusts to Lafayette Parish.

Peak winds are expected throughout Wednesday afternoon and evening, and tropical storm force gusts will continue into Thursday.  Depending on the path of the storm’s rain bands, rainfall totals could still be as much as 10+ inches in Lafayette Parish.

Lafayette Parish including all municipalities will be under a curfew beginning at 6 p.m.  Wednesday and until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Residents are encouraged to continue to take necessary precautions and to monitor local media for updates.  Residents who did not pick up a copy of the LUS Hurricane Handbook can download it here.

Residents should remember the following tips to stay safe when severe weather is present.

Because of recent rainfall, pay close attention to trees whose ground may be saturated, particularly those with shallow root systems.

Scan your property and secure those items which could become flying debris in the event of a storm.

In case of a power outage if you use a generator, make sure it has proper ventilation.  Do not operate a generator inside, near an open window, or in an outdoor area without proper ventilation.  The carbon monoxide fumes can be fatal.

Residents should not be on the roads unless in case of an emergency.  Those traveling in an emergency should remember two important precautions:

*In case of a power outage and traffic signals are out, treat them as a four-way stop.

*In case of vehicle accidents, move accidents from travel lanes.

Lafayette Consolidated Government and/or the Lafayette Parish Emergency Operations Center will issue additional updates as conditions change.

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