News Alert: GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT 22 December 2011
Posted: 12/23/2011 1:01:18 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
22 December 2011
As of:  1400 Hours

STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)

 

In observance of the Christmas Holiday, GOHSEP will be operating at a reduced manning level during the following periods:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7:30 AM Friday 23 December 2011 through 4 PM Monday 26 December 2011                                                                                                                                                                                7:30 AM Friday 30 December 2011 through 4 PM 2 January 2012

 

During these periods, the GOHSEP Communications Desk will remain staffed 24 hours a day. Additionally, the GOHSEP Crisis Action Team and key GOHSEP personnel will continue to monitor ongoing events and will be ready to respond as needed.

 

GOHSEP will observe normal hours of operation 27-29 December 2011 and will return to normal operations on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

 

1. STATE WIDE EVENTS:   

Severe Weather22 December 2011

A line of potentially severe weather has been passing through the State since earlier this morning. Projections have the system exiting the State early this afternoon.

 

GOHSEP Regional Coordinators have been providing updates on their regions as the system passes through their regions.

 

Reports of damages from parishes/regions are provided below. No reports of any injuries or fatalities have been received. There has been no indication of any parishes submitting a declaration of a state of emergency or requesting any State assistance.

 

Regions 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9:

No reports of any significant impacts

 

Region 4:

St. Landry Parish:

Minor damage reported to one side of the Fruit of the Loom building in Port Barre along with reports of several small buildings damaged in Melville off La Highway 105.

 

Region 5:

Jefferson Davis Parish:

Straight line wind damage to a jewelry store in Jennings ( roof ripped off)

 

Calcasieu Parish:

Some power outages reported near Vinton, La with some plants experiencing flares due to loss of power

 

GOHSEP Operations will continue to monitor and report as needed.

 

Elevated Mississippi River Levels

Due to heavy rains to the north of Louisiana in the Ohio River Valley, some locations in Louisiana along the Mississippi River are experiencing a rise in river stage. While current forecasts do not show a rise into flood stage, any continued rainfall to our north, combined with any winter snowfall and the resulting melting and runoff, could cause a potential for flooding in Louisiana by this spring.

Locations that are currently projected to reach flood stage or are in flood stage are listed below under paragraph 2, LOUISIANA WEATHER.

 

GOHSEP Operations, in coordination with National Weather Service, will continue to monitor this situation and report as needed.

 

2. LOUISIANA WEATHER:

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA:  Today has a 100 percent chance for rain improving to mostly clear conditions tonight. Friday will be mostly sunny during the day with a 10 percent chance for isolated showers at night. Saturday will have a 60 percent chance for rain throughout the day. There is a 20 percent chance for showers during the day on Sunday (Christmas Day) improving to a clear night. Monday will be sunny during the day and mostly clear at night.

 

Temperatures: Today: 63/46, Friday: 59/40, Saturday: 50/42, Sunday: 57/33, Monday: 59/30

HAZARDOUS WEATHER: Showers and thunderstorms will begin tapering off in the afternoon. Some storms may produce damaging winds.

 

Rain with a few embedded thunderstorms is expected on Saturday tapering off Christmas Eve.

 

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City:

Current Stage: 5.17 feet (Minor Flood Stage)

Minor Flood Stage is from 4 -7 feet

The river is projected to remain at or about 5.1 feet through at least 27 December 2011

POTENTIAL IMPACT: At 4-5 feet, water may move up the bank and across access roads below the city dock. Floodwall gates should be closed by the 5 foot stage to protect against higher stages. Vessel traffic will be affected by stronger river current and vessel safety rules will be strictly enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today has a 100 percent chance for thunderstorms improving to partly cloudy tonight. Friday will be mostly sunny during the day and partly cloudy at night. Saturday has a 40 percent chance for daytime showers increasing to 80 percent at night. Sunday (Christmas) has a 30 percent chance for daytime showers improving to partly cloudy at night. Monday will be sunny during the day and mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 71/47, Friday: 63/44, Saturday: 56/46, Sunday: 58/41, Monday: 60/40

HAZARDOUS WEATHER: There is a slight risk of severe weather today as a surface low and cold front move through the area. The main threat will be strong and damaging winds associated with bowing line segments. However one or two weak and short lived tornadoes will also be possible. The threat will advance from west to east tapering off as the front passes through the region during the early afternoon. Strong south to southeasterly winds ahead of the cold front will produce hazardous conditions over the coastal waters today. An EXERCISE CAUTION statement is in effect for the tidal lakes and the Mississippi Sound through 6 PM. For the remainder of the Gulf waters, including Chandeleur and Breton Sounds, a small craft advisory is in effect through 6 pm.

 

Moderate to strong offshore flow is expected to impact the coastal waters Friday through Monday. EXERCISE CAUTION statements will likely be necessary. Winds may briefly rise to advisory criteria on Sunday.

 

CENTRAL LOUISIANA:  Today has a 100 percent chance for rain improving to partly cloudy at night. Friday will be mostly sunny during the day with a 10 percent chance for isolated showers at night. Saturday has a 60 percent chance for rain throughout the day. Sunday (Christmas) will be sunny during the day and clear at night.  Monday will be clear during the day and mostly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 60/44, Friday: 57/40, Saturday: 50/39, Sunday: 55/35, Monday: 57/35

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER:  Showers and thunderstorms will begin tapering off in the afternoon. Some storms may produce damaging winds.

 

Rain with a few embedded thunderstorms is expected on Saturday tapering off Christmas Eve.

 

NORTHERN LOUISIANA: Today has a 50 percent chance for daytime scattered showers improving to partly cloudy at night. Friday will be partly sunny during the day and mostly cloudy at night. Saturday has a 40 percent chance for rain throughout the day. Sunday (Christmas) and Monday will be partly sunny during the day and mostly to partly clear at night.

Temperatures: Today: 55/41, Friday: 51/35, Saturday: 52/34, Sunday: 54/31, Monday: 55/33

 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER: No hazardous weather is expected through Monday.

 

3. HAZMAT: None

 

4. FIRE: None

5. MEDICAL: None

6. 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.

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

 

 

 

 

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