News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 31 October 2015 As of 6:25 pm
Posted: 11/1/2015 10:27:07 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

31 October 2015

As of  6:25 pm

 

State EOC Activation Level: CAT (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident Name: “15-038 Severe Weather – Statewide – 31 October 2015”

 

 

 

Situation: The system that brought heavy rain to parts of the southern Plains will continue to move eastward on Sunday into the western Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley. The heaviest rain is expected on Sunday across southeastern Texas, Louisiana and parts of Mississippi before moving into the central Gulf on Monday. Stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest advisories, watched and warnings.

 

Southeast Louisiana:  Numerous to widespread showers and embedded thunderstorms are expected through this evening. Widespread 3 to 5 inches of rain is anticipated with locally higher amounts possibly approaching 8 inches through Sunday. In addition to the rainfall threat, there is a slight risk for severe weather across much of the area with the remainder of the area in a marginal risk. Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible mainly this evening. The main concern from severe storms will be isolated, weak, but quick spin up tornadoes. Damaging wind gusts will also be possible. The severe risk will greatly diminish heading into tonight. River levels continue to fall at this time but with the additional rainfall most will stop falling and many could reverse and possibly approach flood stage again. One last concern will be minor coastal flooding. Tides continue to run about a foot above normal and could be as much as 1.5 to just under 2 feet above normal.  Numerous to widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms are expected morning to Sunday afternoon. 

 

Southwest/Central Louisiana: The vigorous storm system approaching the region from the west will result in numerous showers and thunderstorms across the outlook area through tonight. There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and tornadoes as the primary hazards. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally 4 to 6 inches possible. Moderate to strong onshore flow will result in tided running 1 to 2 feet above normal. The potential for locally heavy rainfall may linger into Sunday morning, otherwise only light rain is expected.  

 

North Louisiana: The line of widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms will gradually move east today with the threat of locally heavy rainfall diminishing. Rainfall totals will likely range between 1 and 3 inches in these areas with some isolated flooding possible. A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible Sunday into Sunday night before the rain finally exits the region. Thunderstorms will once again be possible Wednesday through Friday as the next major upper trough affects the area.

 

 

 

 

State Actions

GOHSEP

  • The GOHSEP Crisis Action Team has been activated
  • A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event
  • GOHSEP Regional Coordinators are monitoring and continuing to update through this event

 

Parish Actions

 

Livingston Parish

  •  Tornado activity damaged 6-7 homes with minor damage, 4-5 with holes in roof. Most of the area that the tornado tracked was timber land.
  • Rain starting to flood low lying roads through out parish.  

Tangipahoa Parish

  • OHSEP reports one mobile home near Loranger had the back porch ripped off due to high winds.  
  •  No injuries reported.

St Helena Parish

  • OHSEP reported one home owner requested sand bags due to possible flooding from heavy rains.

Vernon Parish

  • Due to heavy rain in Vernon Parish, numerous parish roads are flooded and impassable. La 8 west of Simpson is closed due to flooding.
  • Police Jury employees are providing sandbags to local residents in danger of flooding. 
  • At this time, only three residences have been evacuated due to high water. Evacuees are being sheltered with family. 
  • A portion of the Wal Mart Parking area in Leesville is flooded and an adjoining shopping center is closed due to high water. 
  • The U.S. 171 underpass that was previously flooded is now open for traffic.  
  • Earlier today a tornado in the southeastern portion of Vernon Parish damaged two residences, church, barn, and truck. No injuries or evacuations. 
  • The total number of flooded homes has increased to approximately 15. Evacuees are housed with family. No injuries known. 
  • Pickering Elementary School was partially flooded due to heavy rain. The water was removed by school personnel and sandbags were deployed to prevent further damage. 
  • La 111 south of La 8 is closed due to high water. 
  • Numerous parish roads are still closed. 

Rapides Parish

  • Small tornado touched down earlier in this morning in the Elmer community. 
  • Confirmed. approx the 10 homes damaged no injuries.  
  • Have local crews, Red Cross, southern baptist chainsaw crews on sight. 
  • No assistance from the state required. 

Beauregard Parish

  •  Minor issues with electrical outages and street flooding. 
  • Parish has open areas for citizens to get sand bags if required.

 

 

For more information please visit: http://www.weather.gov/

 

GOHSEP Operations is monitoring the situation and will continue to update and report as needed.

 

 

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