News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 19 October 2011
Posted: 10/19/2011 3:33:09 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
 

GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
19 October 2011
As of:  1515 Hours
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)


1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:

As of 0800 hours 19 October 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting that Tropical Cyclone formation is not expected during the next 48 hours for the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico

 

More information can be accessed from The National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

2. STATE WIDE EVENTS:

OUACHITA RIVER LOW WATER SITUATION

WebEOC Incident 036-11 Ouachita River Low Water Level – October 2011

 

Lower than normal rainfall amounts, compounded by a projection for continued lack of any significant rainfall, is causing low water levels along the Ouachita River in Northeast Louisiana. Due to this situation the potential impact on wildlife, river safety, and industrial/business operations is being planned for.  

 

GOHSEP has continued to host the Army Corp of Engineers Conference calls with the following Louisiana state agencies:   DEQ, DHH, LDWF, CPRA, DNR, DOTD, PSC, LANG, and LED

 

 

STATEWIDE PARISH BURN BANS / DROUGHT 2011:

WebEOC Incident 010-11 Statewide Parish Burn Ban

 

Cease and Desist on Outdoor Burning:

Due to the extremely dry conditions in certain Parishes within the state, State Fire Marshal, H. Butch Browning and, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner, Mike Strain have issued a cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1563.  Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government.

 

This order was effective as of 0900 Hours, August 24, 2011, and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Desoto, Evangeline, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermillion, Vernon, Webster and Winn

                                                    

The following parishes have a current Parish State of Emergency Declaration on file with GOHSEP:

Natchitoches

Bossier

Caddo

Sabine

National Weather Service Drought Assessment Graphic:

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/drought_assessment.shtml

 

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Burn Ban Graphic:

http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/portal/Portals/0/FOR/publications/forest%20fire/laburnban.pdf

 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Stain, D.V.M., said the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has installed a new emergency hotline phone system to better serve the public.  “We are here to protect the consumer,” Strain said. “Remember; call the LDAF for any emergency involving agriculture, pesticides, and wildfire detection and suppression. The number is 1-855-452-5323.” This hotline will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

3. LOUISIANA WEATHER:

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA: Today through Saturday will be sunny and clear each day with clear to mostly clear nights.  Sunday will be partly sunny with a 20 percent slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. 

Temperatures: Today: 69/40, Thursday: 71/44, Friday: 78/54, Saturday: 79/56, Sunday: 80/59

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

Very high fire danger today:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 9AM this morning to 7PM this evening for Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Cameron, Evangeline, St Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Upper and Lower St Martin, Vermilion, Iberia and St Mary Parishes. 

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

WIND:  North winds increasing to around 20 MPH and with gusts near 30 MPH possible

HUMIDITY: Relative humidity values decreasing to 20 to 30 percent

GROUND FUELS: Very dry with Keetch-Byram readings over 600

IMPACTS:  Any fires that develop may spread quickly.  Outdoor burning is banned across portions of southwest, central and south central Louisiana.

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  Dry and unseasonably cool conditions as well as gusty northwesterly winds are expected today in the wake of a strong cold front that moved through the area Tuesday.  Wind speeds will be 15-20MPH with higher gusts, but should remain below advisory conditions. 

 

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today through Sunday will be sunny and clear each day. 

Temperatures: Today: 66/48, Thursday: 67/47, Friday: 71/53, Saturday: 73/56, Sunday: 76/58

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:   Small Craft Advisories are in effect for the tidal lakes and the Mississippi Sound through 7PM.  Small Craft Advisories are in effect for the Chandeleur and Breton Sounds as well as the near shore coastal waters through 1AM tonight.  Small craft advisories are in effect for the outer coastal waters through 7AM tomorrow morning.  Continued strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 knots with higher gusts and very rough seas of 6 to 10 feet will continue to impact the coastal waters through the overnight hours. 

  

CENTRAL LOUISIANA: Today through Saturday will be mostly sunny and clear each day. Sunday will see a 20 percent slight chance of thunderstorms.  

Temperatures:  Today: 67/35, Thursday: 67/41, Friday: 76/45, Saturday: 77/52, Sunday: 78/56

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

Very high fire danger today:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 9AM this morning to 7PM this evening for Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Cameron, Evangeline, St Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Upper and Lower St Martin, Vermilion, Iberia and St Mary Parishes. 

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

WIND:  North winds increasing to around 20 MPH and with gusts near 30 MPH possible

HUMIDITY: Relative humidity values decreasing to 20 to 30 percent

GROUND FUELS: Very dry with Keetch-Byram readings over 600

IMPACTS:  Any fires that develop may spread quickly.  Outdoor burning is banned across portions of southwest, central and south central Louisiana.

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  Dry and unseasonably cool conditions as well as gusty northwesterly winds are expected today in the wake of a strong cold front that moved through the area Tuesday.  Wind speeds will be 15-20MPH with higher gusts, but should remain below advisory conditions. 

 

NORTHERN LOUISIANA:  Today will be sunny with a northwest wind around 25 MPH with gusts as high as 35MPH.  Tonight will see patchy frost after 1AM.  Otherwise, clear with a northwest wind between 5 and 15 MPH. Thursday through Friday will be sunny to partly sunny with a calm wind becoming south around 5 MPH.  Friday night will be mostly cloudy.  Saturday through Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a 20-30 percent chance of thunderstorms.  

Temperatures:  Today: 66/38, Thursday: 68/41, Friday: 78/55, Saturday: 76/58, Sunday: 81/57

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

Very high fire danger today:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 7PM this evening for Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, Union, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell and La Salle Parishes. 

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

WIND:  Sustained Northwest winds of 25 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH

HUMIDITY: 20 to 25 percent

IMPACTS:  Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.  Outdoor burning is not recommended.

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  Brisk northwest winds near 15 to 25 MPH, with gusts as high as 35 MPH.  These winds will make for very choppy conditions on area lakes.  In addition, the strong winds and very low humidity values will result in a heightened fire danger threat throughout the day as well.  Winds will diminish quickly this evening with cold high pressure moving into the region from the west.  This will result in overnight low temperatures tonight falling into the mid to upper 30’s.  Patchy frost will be possible area wide late tonight. 

 

A Lake Wind Advisory remains in effect until 7PM this evening.   A Lake Wind Advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop on area lakes.  Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing. 


 

4. HAZMAT: None

5. FIRE: None

6. MEDICAL: None

7. NTAS (National Terrorist Advisory System): Currently there are no active alerts.

For more information go to following link; http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/ntas.shtm.

8. CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, NUCLEAR, EXPLOSIVE: None

 

 

 

 

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