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Ida On Her Way

Hurricane Ida, currently located over the southeastern Gulf of
Mexico is expected to continue northwest toward the central Gulf Coast
this weekend and make landfall Sunday afternoon on the Louisiana
coast. Portions of our area will be impacted by high winds, heavy
rainfall, and possible tornadoes, Sunday night through Tuesday. Storm
impacts will start along and south of the Highway 84 corridor Sunday
evening and into Monday. The storm is expected to move northward and
slow down, resulting in the potential for prolonged heavy rain across
the region.

STORM TIPS

 

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible
extensive impacts across portions of central and south Mississippi
and northeast Lousiana. Potential impacts include:

– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.

– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may
become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may
become stressed.

– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.
Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.
Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.
Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible
significant impacts across southeast Arkansas and the remainder
of northeast Lousiana and central Mississippi.

* WIND:
Protect against life-threatening wind having possible extensive
impacts across central Lousiana and southwest Mississippi.
Potential impacts in this area include:

– Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having
window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural
damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed.
Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be
uninhabitable for weeks.

– Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.

– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and
access routes impassable.

– Large areas with power and communications outages.
Also, protect against dangerous wind having possible limited to
significant impacts across the remainder of south and central Mississippi,
southeast Arkansas, and northeast Lousiana.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across Central Mississippi, Northeast Louisiana, and extreme
Southeast Arkansas. Potential impacts include:

– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.

– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.

– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.

 

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your
home or business.
When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the
center of the storm.
If you are a visitor, know the name of the county or parish in which
you are located and where it is relative to current watches and
warnings. If staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their
onsite disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially
pertaining to area visitors.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov

– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org

– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

 

Contact Jay Allen at [email protected]

 

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