News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 24 October 2011
Posted: 10/24/2011 4:23:38 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
 

GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
24 October 2011
As of:  1400Hours
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)


1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:

As of 1300 hours 24 October 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting on the tropical features listed below.  None of these systems pose a threat to Louisiana.

 

Hurricane Rina

The center of Hurricane Rina is located near Latitude 17.1N, Longitude 83.0W.  Rina is moving toward the northwest near 5MPH and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected later today. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75MPH with higher gusts.  Rina is a Category One Hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Scale and additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.  Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center.  Estimated minimum central pressure is 1001mb, 29.56 inches.  Rina will not affect Louisiana. 

 

A broad low pressure area over the extreme southeastern Caribbean Sea is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Windward Islands, Bonaire and Curacao.  These showers and thunderstorms could produce periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds today and tonight.  Upper level winds are only marginally conducive for development and this system has a less than 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves west-northwestward at about 10mph. 


 

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.  

 

This will be the last update on this incident in the daily operational report. Any development that requires reporting will be reported as needed.

 

 

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 Wednesday will be mostly sunny each day with partly cloudy nights.  Thursday through Friday will be mostly cloudy with a 30-40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday and a 20 percent slight chance of showers on Friday.

Temperatures: Today: 82/62, Tuesday: 83/64, Wednesday: 84/64, Thursday: 80/50, Friday: 67/45

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather to report

 

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today through Wednesday will be mostly sunny and clear each day.   Thursday will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent slight chance of showers after 1pm and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms overnight.  Friday will be partly sunny and breezy with only a slight chance of showers. 

Temperatures: Today: 80/63, Tuesday: 78/63, Wednesday: 78/65, Thursday: 81/59, Friday: 70/53

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:   No hazardous weather to report

  

CENTRAL LOUISIANA:  Today through Wednesday will be mostly sunny each day with partly cloudy nights.  Thursday through Friday will be mostly cloudy with a 30-40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday and a 20 percent slight chance of showers on Friday.

Temperatures: Today: 81/56, Tuesday: 82/57, Wednesday: 83/58, Thursday: 76/48, Friday: 66/40

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather to report

 

NORTHERN LOUISIANA:   Today through Wednesday will be mostly sunny each day with partly cloudy nights. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.  Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and a 30 percent chance of rain overnight. Friday will be mostly sunny and clear. 

Temperatures: Today: 84/57, Tuesday: 87/61, Wednesday: 84/59, Thursday: 68/49, Friday: 64/42

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  No hazardous weather to report

 

 

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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