News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 3 November 2011
Posted: 11/3/2011 9:52:57 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
 

GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
3 November 2011
As of:  0915 Hours
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)

 

1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:

As of 0800 hours 3 Nov 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting no Tropical Cyclone formation expected during the next 48 hours.

 

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

2. STATE WIDE EVENTS:

EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST:

As part of a larger effort to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and resiliency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System on November 9th, at 1 P.M. Central Time. Testing the Emergency Alert System plays a key role in evaluating and improving the systems needed in place to ensure our nation is prepared for all hazards and that people within its borders are able to receive critical and vital information through the system.

 

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This order was effective as of 0900 Hours, August 24, 2011, and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne,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 to partly sunny during the day and clear to cloudy in the evenings.  Sunday and Monday is forecasted to have a 20 percent chance of isolated showers.

Temperatures: Today: 65/40, Friday: 68/44, Saturday: 73/58, Sunday: 77/60, Monday: 79/62.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  An elevated fire threat can be expected today. Sharply drier air filtering over the region will bring relative humidity values down into the 30’s. Winds of 15 to 20 mph will be common with higher gusts. Some shower activity accompanying the frontal passage this morning will help to mitigate the threat.

 

Winds will be significantly lower for Friday and into the coming week. A moistening southerly flow will become established Sunday, ahead of our next frontal passage anticipated Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today has a 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms then becoming clear in the evening.  Friday through Monday is forecasted to be sunny and mostly clear to cloudy in the evenings.

Temperatures: Today: 69/42, Friday: 67/44, Saturday: 74/53, Sunday: 77/58, Monday: 78/60.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  A small craft advisory will be in effect this afternoon for the coastal waters west of the mouth of the Mississippi river. The advisory will be in effect overnight for all coastal waters with the exception of the tidal lakes and Mississippi sound. Over the tidal lakes and Mississippi sound, small craft will need to exercise caution this afternoon and tonight.

 

A cold front will move through the coastal waters this morning. Cold air behind the front will cause winds to increase to 25 to 30 mph over the coastal waters with waves as high as 5 to 7 feet over the outer waters. Winds and seas should gradually subside Friday morning.

 

CENTRAL LOUISIANA:  Today through Saturday will be sunny to partly sunny during the day and clear to cloudy in the evenings.  Sunday and Monday is forecasted to have a 20 percent chance of isolated showers.

Temperatures: Today: 64/39, Friday: 66/42, Saturday: 74/55, Sunday: 74/57, Monday: 78/60.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  An elevated fire threat can be expected today. Sharply drier air filtering over the region will bring relative humidity values down into the 30’s. Winds of 15 to 20 mph will be common with higher gusts. Some shower activity accompanying the frontal passage this morning will help to mitigate the threat.

 

Winds will be significantly lower for Friday and into the coming week. A moistening southerly flow will become established Sunday, ahead of our next frontal passage anticipated Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

NORTHERN LOUISIANA:   Today through Saturday will be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear in the evenings.  Sunday and Monday is forecasted to have a 20-30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Temperatures:  Today: 61/39, Friday: 66/44, Saturday: 70/56, Sunday: 73/58, Monday: 79/59.

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  Thunderstorms will begin to edge back in from the northwest as early as Sunday into Monday as a lead upper disturbance moves by to the north. Then we are expecting much greater coverage of thunderstorms area-wide for Tuesday and Tuesday night as our next cold front and its associated upper level system will be even stronger. Considering the timing with peak afternoon heating, some of these storms could have the potential to become strong to severe.

 

 

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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