News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 2 January 2017 As of 6:00 p.m.
Posted: 1/3/2017 8:10:20 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

2 January 2017

As of 6:00 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: CAT (Crisis Action Team)

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-005 Severe Wx — Statewide — Jan02-03



Situation: A line of strong to severe thunderstorms has been moving across our State throughout the day and afternoon. Although the majority of this weather has moved out of the area, stay tuned to your local NWS for the latest updates and warnings. No hazardous weather is expected.


North Louisiana: Showers and thunderstorms will continue to decrease from west to east over parts of south central Arkansas and north Louisiana. Other than moderate rainfall at times producing brief ponding of water in low lying and poor drainage areas, there may be a few deadly lightning strikes and gusty winds around and near the thunderstorms. 


Southwest/Central Louisiana: Areas of fog are expected to develop especially after midnight. Fog may be locally dense and may restrict visibility to a quarter mile or less. Flood Warning continues for Bayou Des Cannes and Calcasieu at Old Town Bay, Bayou Vermilion near Carencro, and Mermentau River near Mermentau. 


Southeast Louisiana:A Tornado Watch will be in effect for portions of southeast Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi including the tidal lakes and sounds until 8:00 pm CST. A Flood Watch remains in effect for portions of southeast Louisiana and Coast Mississippi as additional rain will quickly lead to runoff. The main impact will be water ponding on roads full ditches and canals, and some rivers reaching flood stage. Minor flooding of some area rivers will continue Tuesday through Sunday, please see river statements for the latest information.


State Agencies


GOHSEP has activated their Crisis Action Team as of 10:00 am this morning and has created a WebEOC Incident for this event.

All Regional Coordinators and monitoring the situation and maintaining communications with the State and Local partners.


Public Service Commission

Cleco's System has sustained damage as storms move across the State.

They are accessing the damage and mobilizing crews from within its system and bringing in contract crews from Texas (should arrive tomorrow morning)

It is likely that there will be customers without power throughout the nights. Cleco will know more later in the evening as the storm continues to move across the State.

Major outages as of 3:30 pm include: Allen Parish 570, Avoyelles, 12,138, Evangeline 3,118, Grant 130, Iberia 75, Rapides 979, St. Landry 66, St. Martin 91, and St. Tammany 444.




Marksville Walmart reports having lost most of their roof and have closed the facility.

A lot of debris from Bunkie to Marksville.

Approximately 3 homes with major damage (trees through them) and several with damage (25-30).

Approximately 100 without power, Cleco is working to restore.

No injuries.



OEP reporting possible tornado touchdown southwest of Mamou near LD Varette Road. Resident eye witness stating tornado bouncing in the fields.  NWS was notified and stated they believe it was only straight line winds.

3 homes reported receiving roof damage or shed, all three have contacted their homeowners insurance companies and have been given the number to Red Cross.

Numerous trees and utility poles down throughout the Parish.

Electricity is slowly being restored throughout the Parish. Hospitals and Law Enforcement currently have power. 

No injuries. 



Parish Sheriff's Office reporting that the 100 block of Gouaux Road and 700 block of Wagon Train Road are closed due to high water.



One home with minor/moderate roof damage on Lloyd Bridge Rd south of Lecompte. 

1 mobile home with major damage and roof removed and 1 additional mobile home with moderate to heavy damage.

Several out buildings damaged or destroyed however no injuries reported.


St. Helena

OHSEP reporting scattered trees down and power outages throughout the Parish. Some of the trees down are blocking the roads and highways. 

St. Tammany

OHSEP confirms numerous trees down and power outages in the vicinity of Bush however uncertain if caused by tornado or straight line winds.

No homes damaged or injuries reported.


OHSEP reports possible tornado touchdown in the Kentwood area near Highway 38 east of the town.

Numerous trees down throughout this location.

Entire town of Kentwood is without power. 

No homes reported damage however the Kentwood Hardware Store lost part of its roof, no injuries reported.


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



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