News Alert: GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP August 23, 2017 As of 5:00 PM
Posted: 8/24/2017 8:16:44 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP Tropical Weather SITREP

August 23, 2017

As of 5:00 PM


State EOC Activation Level: Level III


Tropical Weather Outlook: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey and one (1) other disturbance in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Please monitor your local National Weather Service for the latest updates.


Disturbance 1 – An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending across the Bahamas, southern Florida, and the adjacent waters is associated with a trough of low pressure. Any development of this system during the next few days should be slow to occur while it drifts northward over Florida and the adjacent waters. Thereafter, some tropical or subtropical development is possible over the weekend when the system begins to move northeastward over the western Atlantic before it merges with a front. Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding is possible over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next few days.

10% chance of formation through 48 hours

20% chance of formation through 5 days


Tropical Depression Harvey – The  center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 21.6 North, longitude 92.6 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 2 mph. A track toward the northwest or north-northwest at a faster forward speed is expected for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, Harvey should be approaching the Texas coast late Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Harvey could become a hurricane on Friday. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.

Harvey is expected to produce rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated amounts of 20 inches over middle and upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through next Tuesday, with heavy rainfall beginning as early as Friday morning. Harvey is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 9 inches in portions of south, central and northeast Texas and the rest of the lower Mississippi Valley. Rainfall from Harvey could cause life-threatening flooding.


**Updates to this report will be in Red Text**




o   A WebEOC Event has been created for this event (17-025 Tropical System Harvey – Statewide – August)

o   Conducting daily Southwest Hurricane Task Force conference calls

o   Unified Command Group Meeting is scheduled for August 24th



o   TAC is being manned 24hrs until further notice



o   EOC partially activated beginning 0700 August 24

o   Districts are preparing equipment



o   LDAF is contacting Parish Animal Control agencies to verify pre-staged resources and needs

o   Advisory will be issued to livestock owners to prepare

o   LDAF IMT on standby



o   Emergency Response and Regional staff are on standby and making preparations to respond



o   Participating in Regional and National readiness and preparedness calls

o   Region has initiated readiness and preparedness activities to support any response

o   Attended a meeting August 23 with GOHSEP to discuss concerns with Harvey Tropical System





o   Public Works Director has crews out cleaning ditches & culverts in flood prone areas, all municipality asked to do the same

o   Sand and sand bags are in place ready to deploy if needed



o   Sent situational awareness email to Parish President, Parish Administrator, Police Jurors, Parish Engineer, Bossier City Mayor and Bossier Parish Sheriff

o   We will call a PEMAC meeting if the conditions continue to deteriorate and significant severe weather affects our area.


CALCASIEU (Declaration Received)

o   Executive Policy Group Meeting, Region 5 Directors conference call, VOAD meeting and Port Coordination Team Planning meeting conducted

o   SAR planning meeting scheduled for August 24 at 10 AM

o   VOAD has placed 4 shelter teams on standby


CAMERON (Declaration Received)

o   Parish equipment is currently being moved north to higher ground

o   OHSEP will be relocating operations by 8 AM Friday to Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge

o   Parish Police Jury offices will be relocating to Calcasieu Parish to resume operations Monday August 28th

o   Update meeting with Police Jurors at 6 PM Wednesday August 23rd to discuss possible evacuations of lower Cameron Parish



o   Parish officials as well as mayors are aware of the current situation and making appropriate preparations for the heavy rainfall predicted for our area. 


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