News Alert: GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT 27 April 2015 As of: 4:00 PM
Posted: 4/27/2015 4:45:14 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
GOHSEP SPECIAL WEATHER REPORT
27 April 2015
As of: 4:00 PM

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: 4 Normal Operations
WebEOC Incident: 15-013 Severe Weather, Statewide - April 22-29, 2015
 
SITUATION:  A strong line of thunderstorms moved through our area this morning and will continue overnight into tomorrow. The threat of severe weather will occur across most of Louisiana with damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, and isolated tornadoes possible. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for any watches or warnings issued for your area. 

FORECAST for LOUISIANA

Southeast Louisiana: A very active weather regime is expected for the forecast area through Tuesday with an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms. Rainfall may be heavy in some areas through tomorrow morning with 2 – 3 inches expected and locally higher amounts up to 5 inches possible. A Flash Flood Watch will be issued for the entire forecast area through midday Tuesday.  The main hazards include damaging winds, large hail, continuous lightening, and isolated tornadoes.

Southwest / Central Louisiana: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms pushed eastward through our area this morning with another round of thunderstorms developing late this afternoon and evening, posing another risk of severe weather and a continued risk of locally heavy rainfall. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes will be possible during these thunderstorms. In addition to the risk of severe weather, locally heavy rainfall  is also possible. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7:00 pm for the entire area.

North Louisiana:   Showers and thunderstorms have decreased since this morning but look to return during the afternoon hours as an upper level disturbance spreads into the area. Locally heavy rainfall and deadly lightening will be associated with the development of these storms as well as the possibility for a few storms to become severe. These thunderstorms will move east of the area by tomorrow morning leaving some scattered showers behind before the upper level low pressure system finally moves out of the region by late tomorrow night. 


STATE ACTIONS

GOHSEP: 
oREGIONAL COORDINATORS:  GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are currently monitoring the situations and maintaining communications with the EOC.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION:
o237,936 power outages reported statewide 
o56% of Assumption Parish, 42% of Iberville Parish, 38% of Vernon Parish, and 31% of Point Coupee Parish are without power
oSee below updates from Entergy:
oState Command Center is being activated and local command centers are activated.
oBaton Rouge and the New Orleans Metropolitan area being the hardest hit.  
oWe are assessing damage and restoring power to critical infrastructure.
oWe are bringing in additional crews from outside the affected area.
oCustomers in Tangipahoa, St. James, and St. John should plan for outages lasting up to 24 hours.
oCustomers in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, St. Bernard, Assumption, Lafourche, Plaquemines, East Baton Rouge, and Ascension Parishes  should prepare for outages up to 48 hours with the hardest hit areas lasting up to 72 hours.
oWe will continue to update these estimates as damage assessments are completed.
DOTD:
oIn communication with all DOTD Districts monitoring the DOTD response to the inclement weather conditions. District crews have assessed and responded to multiple locations in support of weather response per their agency’s jurisdictional responsibilities.



PARISH ACTIONS:

REGION 1
oPOWER OUTAGES : Approximately 72,766 reported outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: Confirmed tornado in Belle Chase that stayed on the ground for about 1 minute, several downed trees a downed power pole and flooded roads have occurred. Reports of trees and transformers on fire have been made.
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: None at this time
oADDITIONAL ACTIONS: Multiple rail cars have been blown off the Huey P Long railroad tracks. No hazardous materials were on the train and no injuries have been reported. Tulane Lakeside Hospital, Oschner Kenner and Oschner Westbank are on generator power. 
REGION 2
oPOWER OUTAGES:  Approximately 73,035 reported outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: Numerous trees down on roadways and on some homes, downed power lines, multiple schools without power but no damage, LSU basement flooding and trees down on campus. EBR City Police Headquarters is out of power.
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: None at this time
oADDITIONAL ACTIONS: New Mississippi River Bridge is completely open
REGION 3
oPOWER OUTAGES: Approximately 22,979 reported outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: Numerous trees and power lines down, LA 1 and LA 308 reporting roofs off buildings
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: Assumption Parish schools closed tomorrow
oADDITIONAL ACTIONS: Assumption Parish has declared a state of emergency. They are distributing tarps to residents in need at the Road & bridge office in Napoleonville. Lafourche Parish has also declared a state of emergency, however the Clerk of Court was not in operation to record the declaration. Thibodaux Government Complex has been shut down due to power and generator issues but it staying staffed with emergency personnel. 
oSHELTERS: Belle Rose Middle School will open at 6:00 pm tonight for residents of Assumption Parish. ARC will staff the shelter along with parish employees.
REGION 4
oPOWER OUTAGES:  Approximately 20, 369 reported outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: Multiple downed trees in St. Landry, St. martin, and St. Mary parishes
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: None at this time
oADDITIONAL ACTIONS: None at this time
REGION 5
oPOWER OUTAGES:  Approximately 9,551 power outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: None at this time
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: None at this time
o ADDITIONAL ACTIONS: None at this time
REGION 9
oPOWER OUTAGES:  Approximately 12,246 reported outages (per PSC)
oDAMAGES: Several trees down in St. Tammany Parish resulting in power outages
oSCHOOL CLOSURES: None at this time
o ADDITIONAL ACTIONS: Boil Water Advisory in two Slidell subdivisions : Breckenridge and Sterling Oaks. The Causeway bridge was shut down but has since reopened.


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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