January 16, 2013 7:30 PM
The cleanup continues nearly one week after heavy rain flooded parts of Acadiana.
Residents and business owners are looking for assistance and now, FEMA may step in soon.
"It's never flooded, especially in this area."
The flooding caught Terry LeBlue off-guard. She lives in Crowley off of... more »
January 10, 2013 7:34 PM
Dozens of residents in Loreauville are cleaning up tonight after tornadic weather swept through the area. Cleco crews worked for several hours to restore power. Many residents are counting their blessings.
Under an ominous sky, dozens of residents on Cajun Drive in Loreauville are boarding up and trying to... more »
September 3, 2012 10:23 PM
A warning everyone in Acadiana needs to know about: Mosquito populations are on the rise and the risk of West Nile could increase.
Wet weather from Hurricane Isaac is to blame. As we see more mosquitoes, there's also a growing concern over West Nile Virus. It's already been a... more »
June 11, 2012 1:56 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting at least nine to fifteen named storms, four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane and one to three of those storms is expected to become a major hurricane this season. A forum was held at Abdalla hall on UL's campus to... more »
March 21, 2012 10:38 AM
American Red Cross volunteers are receiving information and responding to damage reports. As bad weather threatens most of south Louisiana, here are several safety checklists to help our neighbors: Thunderstorms : Including postponing outdoor activities, staying in substantial buildings and away from windows, and avoiding electrical equipment. Tornados : Including... more »
March 3, 2012 8:07 PM
A massive storm system stretching from all the way down here in the Gulf, north to the Great Lakes leaves 38 people dead across five states.
The past 24 hours have been filled with destructive, deadly weather for much of the country. Luckily we were spared here in Acadiana,... more »
February 12, 2012 12:57 PM
The temperatures in the 40's and even 30's for some of the parades Saturday, but that didn't really keep the crowds away.
What started out as a mild winter quickly changed within just a matter of days just in time for the first big parade of the carnival season.... more »
October 16, 2011 12:02 PM
PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - West Baton Rouge Parish has joined 12 other parishes in achieving National Weather Service StormReady program certification. The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/opVlhA ) Ken Graham, meteorologist-in-charge of the weather service office in Slidell, presented parish officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during the... more »
September 4, 2011 11:51 PM
As expected, coastal areas of Acadiana dealt with floods Sunday, and one area also hard hit was Cypremort Point.
Just after one am in Cypremort Point, the wind started whipping harder and the water started rising.
"We had some pretty serious squalls that came through like feeder band... more »
September 2, 2011 11:37 AM
The University of Louisiana - Lafayette is monitoring the weather closely for the next few days. There are no plans to cancel classes or close the university at this time. All weekend events are still as scheduled. The university will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, Sept. 5.... more »
September 1, 2011 11:46 PM
While the winds have picked up and some limited rain has started to fall, it's still unclear what kind of weather event Tropical Depression 13 is going to be. And that has some people looking to the past.
When Tropical Storm Allison first popped up on the radar, many... more »
September 1, 2011 9:43 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Weather Service said a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical depression by the weekend. People all along the northern Gulf coast were advised to monitor the system, which was producing cloudiness and thunderstorms as it moved northwestward. Conditions... more »
August 28, 2011 11:55 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Rainfall overflowed sewers and seawater lapped at sidewalks at the edges of New York City from densely populated lower Manhattan to the far reaches of Queens as a weakening Irene made landfall over Coney Island early Sunday. Sections of the thoroughfares on the east and west... more »
August 28, 2011 11:49 AM
MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Irene has weakened slightly over New York state. The National Hurricane Center said late Sunday morning that the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to about 60 mph. Irene was to continue weakening as it passes over New England, and it's expected to move... more »
August 28, 2011 11:39 AM
Travelers across the nation waited for flights to resume in and out of East Coast airports that were closed by Tropical Storm Irene this weekend. Irene was downgraded from a hurricane Sunday as winds ebbed around the time that the storm pushed into New York, the nation's busiest air-traffic region.... more »
July 17, 2011 8:41 PM
MIAMI (AP) - A tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the northern Bahamas. Authorities in the Bahamas issued a tropical storm watch for Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Tropical Storm Bret isn't expected to approach the U.S. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's center... more »
July 3, 2011 11:16 PM
A fireworks stand was blown apart Saturday along Highway 90 in Iberia Parish.
It was a big hit for a business typically booming this time of year.
"The rain was coming down so hard that it was just a complete white out as far as the rain, and... more »
June 24, 2011 6:47 PM
Bricks breaking, sheet rock cracking and sticking doors are all signs that your home's foundation is shifting. But this year seems to be worse than normal for foundation repairs. The experts say the weather is mostly to blame, but there are ways to prevent costly foundation repairs.
Katherine Liebert... more »
June 12, 2011 12:36 PM
MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Adrian has weakened to a tropical depression in the open Pacific and the once-powerful storm is expected to continue to lose strength. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday the storm is moving over colder water and will dissipate within the next few... more »
June 5, 2011 11:51 PM
Hot heavy days and wild nights, that's the weather recap this weekend.
Severe storms came on the tail end of severe record heat. KATC'S Chris Welty spent Sunday in Eunice and saw the damage first hand.
"It was wicked for about 15 minutes man," said Charles Daigle.
... more »
June 4, 2011 11:27 PM
The strong line of thunderstorms that tore through Acadiana earlier knocked out power to nearly forty five hundred Slemco customers.
Representatives say that power has been restored in some areas, but twenty two hundred are still without power in the Washington and Eunice area.
Witnesses tell Slemco that... more »
June 4, 2011 11:13 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River flood of 2011 may seem like a thing of the past for people who fled rising waters that never came, yet the final toll is shrouded in murky water for thousands of people devastated as the flood made its way from the Midwest... more »
June 1, 2011 6:37 PM
This is a unique year for South Louisiana, as we experience extreme drought and record floods. And this climate is wreaking havoc on Louisiana farms.
Where there's water, there's too much of it. At the same time the rest of the state sits parched.
"It's adversely affecting crops,... more »
May 8, 2011 11:41 PM
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - The swollen Mississippi River has swamped houses in Memphis and threatens to consume many more, but its rise has been slow enough that some people were clinging to their normal lives just a bit longer. That much was clear Sunday from an unexpected smell - barbecue... more »
May 1, 2011 2:02 PM
As storms travelled through Alabama last week, also travelling in the state a group of middle school students from Lafayette.
It was a field trip these student won't soon forget and a KATC exclusive as parents and students spoke only with us when they returned home.
"It was... more »
April 28, 2011 9:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy grew... more »
April 24, 2011 2:21 PM
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.
Early warnings and common sense also helped account for the... more »
April 18, 2011 11:31 AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame said Monday that football staff responsible for advising whether it was safe to practice outside used out-of-date weather information the day a student videographer fell to his death when the hydraulic lift he was on toppled over in high winds. Declan Sullivan, a... more »
April 16, 2011 3:26 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama official says three adult family members have died when a tornado hit a home in central Alabama. Autauga County Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Sedinger tells The Associated Press the three were killed late Friday night in the Boone's Chapel community of the county, about... more »
April 4, 2011 11:43 PM
Reports of a possible tornado and storm damage in Port Barre on Monday at King's Truck Stop on Highway 190. Employees at the truck stop said a gazebo that had been there for five years and made it through two hurricanes was completely destroyed by Monday's storm.
A fence... more »
February 5, 2011 11:45 PM
Friday a frigid reminder that we are in the dead of winter. Ice coated much of everything in Acadiana, and in some places the weight of that ice too much to handle for tree limbs and even power lines.
Cleco and Entergy both had scattered outages Friday and now... more »
February 3, 2011 5:28 PM
PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED Acadia - closed Friday Calcasieu - waiting on word Evangeline - closed at 12:30 and Friday Iberia Parish- closed Friday Jeff Davis Parish - closed Friday Lafayette Parish - closed Friday St. Landry Parish - closed Thursday and Friday St. Mary Parish - closed Thursday and Friday... more »
February 1, 2011 11:28 PM
Whenever weather makes a drastic change, complaints about getting sick are sure to follow. But is there really a link between infection and climate? KATC's Maddie Garrett talked to an Acadiana doctor to separate fact from fiction.
The Lourdes After Hours Clinic has been busy this winter. Doctor Joseph... more »
January 10, 2011 10:36 PM
When the temperature drops, it means even tougher times for the homeless and the organizations trying to help them. The Acadiana Outreach Center has enacted it's Freeze Plan for this week, meaning it's giving out emergency blankets and coats. But workers there say they're running out of supplies for the... more »
January 10, 2011 12:45 AM
With freezing temperatures expected overnight this week it's time to make preparations. You know the rule---protect the p's....that's pipes, plants and pets.
As showers poured down across Acadiana, the temperatures were also moving down. The threat of near freezing temperatures means it's time to protect the plants, pets, and... more »
January 9, 2011 12:25 PM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A blast of winter weather gripped parts of the South on Sunday, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain that coated bridges and roads and causing hundreds of flight cancelations. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in preparation for severe conditions. He said the... more »
November 17, 2010 6:14 AM
Weather is being blamed for an unexpected road closure this morning.
Bill Fontenot with the department of transportation and development says E-Broussard Road, between Robley Drive and the entrance to Stone-Haven subdivision, which is Raymon Street, is now closed .
This weeks rain washed part of the road... more »
September 20, 2010 6:40 PM
Movie filming in Lafayette will affect traffic for the next two weeks. Bullet Films is shooting for the movie "AFF Weather Wars." Tony Tramel, Director of the Traffic and Transportation Department, announced that portions of the roadways, sidewalks and intersections may be closed to accommodate this Lafayette film initiative. The... more »
August 18, 2010 7:07 PM
Rain fall hit Avoyelles Parish hard today. According to Doppler Estimates, some parts of the area got anywhere from 10-to-15 inches of rain.
The flood waters left some residents off Highway 107 wading in a foot of water. Homeowner, Terry Armand, said "I went to the kitchen at 6:30... more »
August 10, 2010 11:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Crews finishing work meant to forever stop oil from leaking from a blown-out undersea well into the Gulf may have one more hurdle to overcome: the weather. The National Hurricane Center is watching a cluster of thunderstorms in the far eastern Gulf of Mexico that forecasters... more »
July 23, 2010 7:15 PM
Parts of Delcambre and other coastal towns in Vermilion Parish often get hit hard by hurricanes. Bonnie's status thus far has Becky Broussard, the Director of Emergency Preparedness, breathing easy, but she still says residents need to keep a watchful eye.
"If it does typically flood with heavy... more »
July 23, 2010 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE-Pet Owners: If an emergency or bad weather forces you and your pets from your home, Will you know what to do and what to bring? If you are forced to evacuate your home because of a hurricane or other emergency, don't forget to make preparations for your pets.... more »
July 22, 2010 3:56 PM
The National Weather Services has predicted that a tropical storm currently organizing near the Bahamas is expected to make landfall in Southwest Louisiana or Southeast Texas on Sunday, July 25. Tropical storm force winds and 3-4' above normal tides are predicted for Southwest Louisiana. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain,... more »
July 8, 2010 1:40 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rough weather forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP and Obama administration officials to speed up plans to connect a third containment vessel to the blown-out undersea oil well. Weather has already delayed plans to hook up the Helix Producer containment vessel that could collect... more »
July 4, 2010 3:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cleanup crews across the Gulf of Mexico surveyed damage done by last week's hurricane while contending Sunday with choppy seas that idled many of the boats dedicated to keeping oil from hitting vulnerable beaches and marshes. Offshore skimming vessels were able to operate in Louisiana waters,... more »
June 29, 2010 12:58 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP and the Coast Guard are sending oil-scooping skimming ships in the Gulf of Mexico back to shore because nasty weather is churning up rough seas and powerful winds. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said Tuesday that all efforts had been halted for now off... more »
June 10, 2010 7:23 PM
Even though the calendar says it's officially still spring, the heat index is making it feel like the middle of summer.
Toren Hills, plays tennis outside in the heat, he said "I'm perspiring quite a bite."
The heat could cause serious side effects, but Dr.... more »
May 10, 2010 5:01 PM
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - The weather conditions are becoming an obstacle as BP sprays chemicals underwater on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The air quality changes based on the amount and concentration of the oil in the water around the vessels. Workers... more »
May 7, 2010 9:34 AM
ROBERT, La. - An executive with BP PLC says the good weather in the Gulf of Mexico has been helping crews clean up the oil and that more than 140 miles of containment boom have been put out. Chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Thursday that tens of thousands of... more »
March 22, 2010 11:49 AM
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Coast seafood shop owners say below-freezing temperatures in January have made crawfish scarcer, keeping prices higher. Todd Rosetti of Quality Seafood in Biloxi tells The Sun Herald that the ponds are producing about half of what they should be. Those ponds lie near the Louisiana-Texas state... more »
March 1, 2010 1:51 PM
The "winter blues" is a phrase usually unheard of in south Louisiana, but this year's freezing temperatures, streaks of gloomy days and general wet season have brought many people down.
This winter season has brought the roughest weather Acadiana has seen in a long time, and it has made... more »
February 22, 2010 11:59 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Earlier this year, Crawfish farmers expected heavy rains to bring a bountiful harvest, but that was before periods of subfreezing temperatures pushed the mud bugs back into their holes. Now producers wonder if early projections of a strong crop will pan out. And some restaurant... more »
February 12, 2010 12:39 PM
Snow blanketed parts of Acadiana Friday morning. One area seeing the flurries was Opelousas.
Snow twice in one winter is a never-before-seen occurrence for the locals, who were excited when they awoke to see the big snowflakes falling.
"I look at the door and I was like, snow!... more »
February 12, 2010 9:35 AM
State Police have reported that US 190 is opened.
For more information visit www.511la.org or www.lsp.org .
I-49 from exit 80 (McArthur Drive exit) in Alexandria to Exit 94 (the Rapides Station Exit) is closed.
Two bridges in the KATC viewing area are closed due... more »
February 11, 2010 1:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With up to seven inches of snow predicted in parts of Louisiana, universities closed early in north Louisiana and at least one Carnival parade was postponed in New Orleans. The National Weather Service said snow in much of the area was likely to be heavy and... more »
February 11, 2010 1:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Close to 100 passengers on a United Airlines flight spent an extra night in New Orleans because of heavy traffic as a result of the parade honoring the Super Bowl-winning Saints, the airline said Wednesday. The flight to Los Angeles was supposed to leave at 7:18... more »
January 7, 2010 6:37 PM
If you or someone you know needs a place to keep warm in Opelousas, there is shelter available.
City officials are opening the North Park Civic Center. Cots and supplies are already moved in. Contact the City Police Department and their staff will make arrangements to get you there.... more »
January 7, 2010 5:25 PM
Administration officials at Iberia Middle School have postponed an event scheduled for this Saturday because of weather.
The school was set to host the District 6 Jr. Beta Fun Day, but has decided to hold the event next Saturday January 16th.
The school is asking that any schools... more »
January 6, 2010 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - With the possibility of snow, rain and sleet in the forecast for Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that department staff is prepared to deal with winter weather and icy road conditions.
DOTD will be monitoring the roadways for ice,... more »
January 5, 2010 1:59 PM
Acadiana is home to almost as many cattle and horses as people, so local farmers are working hard to protect these animals-- a big source of revenue-- from the cold.
For months they have been preparing the livestock for winter through proper feeding and care.
"The most important... more »
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December 23, 2009 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It may not be a white Christmas but it sure will be cold across Louisiana.
The National Weather Service expects up to 3 inches of rain across northern stretches through Thursday. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of northeast Louisiana and west... more »
December 4, 2009 6:01 PM
"The tough part is keeping warm and having something in your stomach," says Kyle Cooper. Cooper, who is homeless, says he has someone who takes him in when condition are tough.
But, when looking for shelter from the elements, others are not as fortunate.
"You could see people... more »
December 4, 2009 12:20 PM
Winter weather conditions are expected to affect the Houston area today and the Acadiana area later this evening. Officials expect the weather to have some impact on air traffic in both areas. Passengers planning to fly in or out of Lafayette Regional Airport today are urged to check directly with... more »
December 2, 2009 12:27 PM
Frigid weather is in the forecast and Downtown Alive will not be held. This Friday's performace is cancelled due to weather conditions creating frostbite for musicians. more »
November 30, 2009 3:41 PM
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared 53 parishes as primary natural disaster areas and ten parishes as contiguous disaster areas due to a combination of disasters including a severe drought and excessive rainfall that caused production losses for farmers throughout the state.... more »
October 26, 2009 10:45 AM
Meteorologist Chris Paulsen serves as the Weekend Meteorologist for KATC-TV3, Acadiana's News-Channel. In addition, you can watch his weather and environmental reports during the week in 5:00, 6:00, & 10:00 newscasts. Chris brings home 10 years of forecasting Gulf and Atlantic Coast weather conditions. Originally from Baton Rouge, and family... more »
October 22, 2009 7:30 PM
Residents in the town of Elton are cleaning up after what some say was a tornado ripped through town. "What we had was a tornado touchdown with significant high winds," said Elton Fire Chief John Richer. Hardest hit was a six block area just north of Main Street, where 10... more »
October 16, 2009 4:04 PM
After being rained out last week..the weather looks better today for Downtown Alive .
Sonny Landreth performs at Downtown Alive beginning tonight (October 16) at 6 pm and ending at 8:30.
The perfect free event to kick off the weekend. more »
October 9, 2009 9:05 PM
The three day "Festivals Acadiens Et Creoles" may be cut short if the weather doesn't hold up. It started this afternoon in downtown Lafayette. Organizers are hoping Mother Nature cooperates through Sunday. At the start of the festival kids from many of Lafayette's public schools were out playing in the... more »