News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 10 April 2015
Posted: 4/10/2015 10:59:45 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
10 April 2015
As of: 10:55 am
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations


 
SITUATION:   The National Weather Service is expecting a wet week beginning today and continuing into mid-next week as a cold front pushes through Louisiana.  Showers and thunderstorms are expected over most of our area with the primary threats being damaging winds, hail and locally heavy rainfall. 
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
                
Southeast Louisiana: There is a slight risk for severe weather over the entire outlook area. The most likely time frame for strong to severe storms will be from just before midday and into the early evening hours. The primary threats will be strong to damaging winds, large hail, and a very small chance of a tornado or two; however, frequent cloud to ground lightening and locally heavy rain will also be likely. Scattered thunderstorms will be possible through the weekend and into next week but the threat of severe weather is low at this time. Two to seven inches of rainfall is expected over the next week. 
 
Southwest / Central Louisiana:  A cold front will move through the area today with showers and thunderstorms developing along the front. There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms southeast of a line from Lake Charles to Opelousas and a marginal risk elsewhere. The main threats today are damaging winds and marginally severe hail. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible. As the front pushes back northward across the region on Saturday, multiple upper level disturbances are expected to move across the region until mid-next week keeping showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.  About five inches of rainfall is expected over the next week with local amounts up to ten inches possible.

North Louisiana:  A cold front is pushing through the area this morning with showers and thunderstorms ongoing along and ahead of the front. Most areas will be dry tonight as the front shifts south, however thunderstorms will return late Saturday and continue through early next week as the front slowly moves back northward  across our area. An additional two to four inches of rainfall will be possible and this could lead to a renewed flooding threat along area rivers and lakes.



Impacts/Precautions:
Severe Thunderstorms
oTake shelter! Move to a sturdy building or car. 
oAvoid tall structures such as towers, tall trees, fences, telephone lines or power lines.
oStay away from rivers, lakes or other bodies of water.
oYou are in danger of lightening if you can hear thunder.
oPets should be protected or moved indoors.
Strong Wind
oDamaging wind gust in excess of 60 mph which could down trees and power lines and/or cause structural damages.
oWinds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles and high rise bridges. Use extra caution.
oWinds over local waterways could be 5 mph higher than over land. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.
Large Hail 
oTake shelter! Move to a sturdy building or car. 
oStay away from windows, especially those being struck by hail
oIf you are outside, seek shelter immediately. If you can’t find something to protect your entire body, find something to protect your head.
Isolated Tornadoes 
oIf you receive a tornado warning, protect yourself, your family and your pets; seek shelter immediately.
oTurn off all sources of outside air: air conditioner, ventilation vents, and ducts.
oIf you are in a car and cannot get to adequate shelter, STOP! Get out and lie flat in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.  Cover your head!

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