1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:
As of 0700 hours 9 September 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting on the tropical features listed below. None of these systems pose a threat to Louisiana at this time.
At 0700 CDT Hurricane Katia was centered near 37.6N 67.5W or about 345 nautical miles north-northwest of Bermuda and about 455 nautical miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia moving northeast at 22. Maximum sustained wind speed is 86 mph with gusts to 103 mph. Katia is beginning to move into cooler waters and become post-tropical in about 36 hours. Large swells generated by Katia will continue to affect most of the East Coast of the United States and Bermuda.
Tropical Storm Nate:
At 0700 hours CDT Tropical Storm Nate is centered near 20.0N92.4W or about 125 miles west of Campeche and 180 miles northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Nate is moving northwest at about 2 mph. The maximum sustained wind speed is 63 mph with gusts to 74 mph. Nate has weakened somewhat overnight.
Tropical Storm Maria:
At 0700 CDT Tropical Storm Maria is centered near 14.0N56.9W or about 185 miles east-northeast of Barbados and 390 miles southeast of the Leeward Islands moving west-northwest at 18 mph. Maximum sustained wind speed is 40 mph with gusts to 51 mph. Maria still appears rather disorganized on satellite imagery.
A Tropical wave is in the Atlantic from 16N30W to 3N36W moving west near 17 mph.
A Tropical wave is in the western Atlantic-Caribbean from 23N70W to 14N72W moving west-northwest 17 mph.
More information can be accessed from The National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
2. STATE WIDE EVENTS:
Drought conditions and high winds have allowed several fires to develop in Caddo Parish, damaging some structures and threatening others. The following locations have been or are being affected by this extreme fire danger:
Oil City along Highway 1 (1050 acres burned; 2 homes, 3 hunting camps and 7 storage buildings damaged), 85% contained.
Ida (600 acres burned, 2 homes burned; 1 mobile home, 1 residential home and 10 storage buildings damaged). 95% contained.
Texas State Line (1000 acres burned). Contained at this time.
Crawford Road (150 acres burned, no structures damaged or lost). 85% contained.
Oil City along Highway 538 (28 acres burned, no structures damaged or lost). Fire contained.
Mount Gilead Road along Highway 170 (10 acres burned, no structures damaged or lost). Fire contained.
Two (2) additional locations yesterday in Vivian covering approximately 800 acres total. NO structures reported damaged and no injuries.
ACTIONS BY PARISHES
Several shelters have been open but no occupants have been reported. No evacuations reported.
A Unified Incident Command is up at Grumpy’s Truck Stop on Highway 1 in Oil City. Caddo Parish OEP in site coordinating efforts.
The following local resources were deployed:
Caddo Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Bossier Fire District 7
Bossier City Fire Department
Shreveport Fire Department
Cass County, Texas Fire Department
Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office
American Red Cross
25 fire fighters and 7 fire apparatus
ACTIONS BY STATE AND OTHER AGENCIES
Providing coordination for incident with personnel on site.
8 fire units on site with 18 personnel and 3 air support units.
Providing personnel to the Unified Command assisting with planning, logistics and staging of personnel.
Providing 4 Black-Hawks for bambi water buckets
ORLEANS PARISH MARSH FIRE
WebEOC Incident 028-11 Orleans Parish Marsh Fire
A marsh fire occurred on 26 August, 2011 in the New Orleans East area of Orleans Parish. A total of 2300 acres were affected with 1950 acres have burned to date.
As of 1 September, operations were suspended due to weather and were resumed on 6 September with New Orleans Fire Department conducting several ground recons of the area. 10 acres still smoldering which are expected to die out on own, and the majority of the impacted property has standing water post Tropical Storm Lee these area will continued to be monitored.
CONCORDIA PARISH TOWN OF FERRIDAY WATER SHORTAGE
WebEOC Incident 026-11 Concordia Parish Town of Ferriday Water Supply
On 18 August 2011, the town of Ferriday in Concordia Parish reported a water outage due to problems with the town’s water system. On 29 August, the Parish reported the Ferriday Water Plant was completely down. The schools in Ferriday and Ridgecrest were closed during this incident, but have resumed classes as of 6 September 2011.
Concordia Parish submitted a Parish State of Emergency declaration on 22 August 2011
The parish has requested and received 28 water trailers and 2 water tanker from the Louisiana National Guard.
Installation and repairs are being made at the Water plant, and are close to completion of all needed repairs. However, the town is still under a boil advisory until further notice.
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 is 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, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, Union, Vermillion, Vernon, Webster and Winn
The following parishes have submitted a Parish State of Emergency Declaration to GOHSEP:
Caddo/Bossier Parish requested and received resources from GOHSEP
Caddo/Bossier enlisted into a Mutual Aid Agreement with Calcasieu Parish apparatus resources
National Weather Service Drought Assessment Graphic:
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Burn Ban Graphic:
3. LOUISIANA WEATHER:
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA: Today through Tuesday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear to partly cloudy at night.
Temperatures: Today: 87/57, Saturday: 88/60, Sunday: 88/65, Monday: 90/67, Tuesday: 91/69.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER: No Hazardous Weather to Report
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today through Tuesday will be sunny during the day and clear to partly cloudy each night.
Temperatures: Today: 84/59, Saturday: 88/63, Sunday: 89/66, Monday: 90/67, Tuesday: 93/69.
Hazardous Weather: Some local rivers are at minor flood stage and will remain in minor flood stage through the week.
CENTRAL LOUISIANA: Today through Tuesday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear to partly cloudy at night.
Temperatures: Today: 89/55, Saturday: 89/59, Sunday: 90/63, Monday: 91/65, Tuesday: 92/67.
NORTHERN LOUISIANA: Today through Tuesday is forecasted to be sunny to mostly sunny during the day and mostly clear to partly cloudy to mostly clear at night.
Temperatures: Today: 88/59, Saturday: 91/62, Sunday: 92/64, Monday: 92/62, Tuesday: 93/66.
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