News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 14 April 2015
Posted: 4/14/2015 3:01:16 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
14 April 2015
As of: 1:00 pm
 
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations


 
SITUATION:   This active wet pattern will continue through most of the week as an upper level low moves through the area before tapering off late this weekend.  Widespread showers and storms are expected to be very effective rainfall producers, keeping precipitation water values well above normal. Forecasted rainfall amounts for today will range from 2-4 inches with an additional 1-3 inches through the remainder of the week, however local heavier amounts will be possible.
 
FORECAST for LOUISIANA 
                
Southeast Louisiana:  Heavy rainfall with a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms is expected today and early this afternoon for much of the outlook area. The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts from 45 to nearly 60 mph from the strongest storms. Frequent lightening and periods of torrential rainfall will also accompany any storms today. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until later this afternoon for locations generally south of the I-10 and I-12 corridors. This watch may be extended and expanded into the latter part of the week depending on the amount of rainfall that occurs. The heavy rain threat will continue through Friday with thunderstorms possible each day through Monday. 
 
Southwest / Central Louisiana:  Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected today with some storms producing cloud to ground lightening and periods of very heavy rainfall. Considering the current ground saturation due to recent rainfall, the forecasted precipitation will cause additional flooding in rivers and bayous.  A Flash Flood Warning for Iberia, east central Vermillion, northwestern St. Mary, and central St. Martin parishes remains in effect until 2:15 pm today.  A dry cool front will move through on Friday but rains are expected to continue through Saturday before tapering off. 


North Louisiana:  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop across the region today as a stalled frontal boundary lingers along the I-20 corridor. In addition, an upper level low pressure system will supply additional lift to generate showers and a few storms. A short lived break in rainfall will occur on Wednesday afternoon and evening however, the rain will continue through much of the remaining work week. Locally heavy rainfall will become more of a concern late Thursday into Friday as grounds remain saturated from the recent heavy rainfall. In addition, new flooding of some area lakes and rivers is likely. 



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.
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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