GOHSEP DAILY OPERATIONAL REPORT
26 October 2011
As of: 1100 Hours
STATE EOC ACTIVATION LEVEL: Level 4 (Normal operations)
1. TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE:
As of 0800 hours 26 October 2011, the NWS/NHC is reporting on the tropical features listed below. None of these systems pose a threat to Louisiana.
Hurricane Rina continues to strengthen and expected to become a major Hurricane
The center of Hurricane Rina is located near Latitude 17.6N, Longitude 85.3W. Rina is moving west near 5 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Rina is a now a Category Two Hurricane with the possibility for strengthening expected during the next 48 hours. Rina is projected to take a turn to the north, then east by Friday, passing just to the north of Cuba and, as such, will not affect Louisiana.
A surface trough over the central Caribbean Sea is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Development of this system, if any, should be slow to occur. This system has a low chance, about 10 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.
More information can be accessed from The National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
2. STATE WIDE EVENTS:
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This order was effective as of 0900 Hours, August 24, 2011, and shall remain in effect until rescinded for the following Louisiana parishes: Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne,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:
National Weather Service Drought Assessment Graphic:
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Burn Ban Graphic:
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 will be mostly sunny and partly cloudy at night with patchy fog after 1AM. Thursday and Friday has a 20-40 percent chance of thunderstorms clearing up Friday evening with mostly clear skies. Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be sunny and clear.
Temperatures: Today: 84/63, Thursday: 84/52, Friday: 69/42, Saturday: 71/43, Sunday: 73/44.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER: No hazardous weather to report
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: Today will be sunny and partly cloudy at night with patchy fog after 1AM continuing on into Thursday morning. Thursday evening into Friday has a 20-30 percent chance of thunderstorms clearing up Friday evening with partly cloudy skies. Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be sunny and clear.
Temperatures: Today: 84/57, Thursday: 86/58, Friday: 69/41, Saturday: 70/41, Sunday: 70/41.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER: Areas of dense fog are expected to redevelop after midnight tonight. Fog will be most prevalent along and to the south of the Interstate 10/12 corridor. Visibility may be reduced to one quarter or less at times.
Scattered thunderstorms will be possible Thursday night as a cold front moves through the area.
Small craft advisories may be needed over the coastal waters Friday through Sunday in the wake of the cold front due to strong northerly winds in excess of 25 mph and rough seas.
CENTRAL LOUISIANA: Today will be mostly sunny and partly cloudy at night with patchy fog after 1AM. Thursday and Friday has a 30-50 percent chance of thunderstorms improving to clear skies Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be sunny and clear.
Temperatures: Today: 85/61, Thursday: 80/49, Friday: 67/40, Saturday: 71/40, Sunday: 72/40.
NORTHERN LOUISIANA: Today will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Thursday has a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be sunny and mostly clear.
Temperatures: Today: 85/62, Thursday: 67/45, Friday: 65/42, Saturday: 70/43, Sunday: 72/43.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER: While a few of the storms this evening could be strong, no organized severe weather is expected at this time.
The cold front and an associated upper level trough will generate widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms for the region on Thursday into early Friday.
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