News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 7 February 2017 As of 2:00 pm
Posted: 2/7/2017 3:27:17 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

7 February 2017

As of 2:00 pm


State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team (CAT)

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-008 Severe Wx — Statewide — Feb07




Situation: Severe thunderstorms are expected today from the central Gulf Coast region to the Ohio Valley ahead of a strong cold front. The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting an Enhanced Risk of severe thunderstorms in the lower Mississippi River Valley and central Gulf Coast states. Very large hail, storing winds and a few tornadoes will remain possible in these areas through this evening. Please stay tuned to your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


Central/Southwest: Scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected today, with activity tapering off from west to east during the afternoon. The best chance will be across the eastern half of the area. A few strong to severe storms will be possible, mainly east of a Fort Polk to Jennings line. The primary threats will be strong or damaging wind gusts and large hail. In addition, storms will be capable of producing frequent cloud to ground lightning and brief heavy rainfall. For tonight, patchy fog is expected to develop and become more widespread after midnight. Fog could become dense at times.


Southeast: A slight risk of severe thunderstorms exists over the northeastern half of the area. A marginal risk remains elsewhere. tornado watch 26, previously in effect until 2 pm this afternoon, is now in effect until 5 pm this afternoon for the following areas in Louisiana this watch includes 11 parishes in southeast Louisiana.



State Agencies


GOHSEP has activated their Crisis Action Team.

A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event.

Regional Coordinators are maintaining communication with parishes and GOHSEP for situational awareness.


Louisiana State Police

The LSP Crisis Response is monitoring the situation.

Troop A, B and N have units en route to respond and assist with recovery.

Troop L is providing Units to assist in New Orleans East.


State Fire Marshall

OSFM EOC opened at 13:00 hrs. due to a number of reports of damage to buildings & homes in N.O. Louisiana Area.

Area 1 (N.O.) personnel on scene 13:15hrs.

From OSFM Area command: 4 trauma patients transported by NOEMS -Stable  Dozens of minor injuries transported to area hospitals  Heavy roof damage  Numerous bldg. collapses  Gas breaks being assed  Power lines down  Grid door to door searches underway  NOPD,NOFD,NOEMS,NOSHEP,NO SAFETY AND PERMITS, LSP, OSFM, P&P on scene  Primary line of damage Wilson and chef menteur(NO EAST) extending to BULLARD AND CHEF


Unified command established at CHEF and Wilson


American Red Cross

In contact with OEP officials in the potentially affected areas to identify impact and needed ARC services. Call downs have begun to identify volunteer staff resources to support response needs once identified.


Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

LDEQ is monitoring the situation and on standby if needed.  LDEQ Emergency Response personnel are on scene at Crystal Clean facility in New Orleans. 

Tornado went through the area and damaged storage tanks, buildings and power lines. 

A natural gas line was also damaged by tornado, but gas is off, not blowing. -  Material released from storage tanks into containment. In process of putting boom out around containment area as a precaution.  Power is currently out.



Parish Actions

Region 1

Orleans  (#1 Map)

Tornado activity was spotted by NOFD and NOPD in the area of Chef Highway and Downman Road. OHSEP has reported heavy damage in this area.

More than 50 homes with moderate to heavy damage near Chef Highway and Goode Street, More than 20 homes with moderate to heavy damage near 4600 block of Nottingham near Camelot.

Einstein Sherwood Forest School and Schaumburg School both sustained heavy damage. No injuries but children are sheltering in place and a dismissal program is being put together now.

8,412 are without power and with a confirmed tornado that number is expected to rise.

Approximately 10 – 12 people have presented to 3 area hospitals with minor related injuries.

Parish is preparing to open a shelter at Joe Brown Park on Read Road.



NWS confirmed tornado touchdown at approximately 10:45 am between the 700 block of St George Avenue and 3700 block of Jefferson Highway. Parish will continue to work with NWS to confirm path and intensity.

Approximately 20 structures sustained light to moderate damage.

Entergy reporting 1,400 power outages.

No injuries to report.


Region 2

Livingston (#2 & #7  on map)

Officials and NWS confirmed tornado activity in the Killian and Springfield area.

5 homes have been damaged and 2 destroyed with numerous trees and powerlines down in the Killian area.

Watson area damages in the vicinity south of Highway 63 and Manwesly Road include 10 damaged homes and numerous downed trees and powerlines.

2 injuries reported, a broken arm and possible back injury.

Emergency Medical Services and American Red Cross are responding.


Ascension (#3 on map)

Tornado confirmed to have touched down in the Donaldsonville area at approximately 11:00 am near the Old Rice Mill and northeast into the city including Williams and St. Patrick Street. The Director is on scene assessing damages, so far those reveal roof damage, car damage and vegetative debris.

CF Industries have also reported some damages.

Approximately 1,700 without power.

3 injuries in St Gabriel are being transported to area hospitals.


Region 3

St James (#4 on map)

Tornado reported west side of the Sunshine Bridge on June Street in a small community known as Lemannville. NWS thinks this may be the same system seen in Donaldsonville.

15 homes damages with 3 destroyed.  Law Enforcement, Parish Social Services and EM staff are on scene conducting assessments of residents and damaged areas. Crews are hindered with assessments due to downed trees and power lines.

Parish is working with Entergy to restore power outages; approximately 572 outages.

2 reported minor injuries.

American Red Cross responding, ETA 1500.


Region 9

Tangipahoa (#5 on map)

OHSEP reported 3 possible tornadoes impacting the parish. First, a large tornado moved through Akers south of Ponchatoula heading towards Madisonville. A second that caused damage in Ponchatoula and possible a third near Amite. NWS believes this may be the same as what passed through the Killian area.

Parish reporting 8 power poles down on Owl Bayou.

No injuries to report.


St Tammany ( #6 on map)

Reports of a tornado touchdown in Madisonville at Highway 22 and Pine Street with possible damage in northern St Tammany.

3 homes in the Madisonville area with moderate to major damage.

More than 100 without power.

No injuries to report.

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