Severe Weather Awareness Week for Louisiana

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:23am

This week is National Severe Weather Awareness week for Louisiana. Each day a new topic will be featured to help get you prepared for the upcoming Spring severe weather season. Here is some useful infomation from the National Weather Service to get you ready for this week.

The week of March 3 through March 9 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Louisiana. Late Winter and Spring months typically bring the highest frequency of severe weather to Gulf Coast region. Severe weather awareness week is a good time to review severe weather safety plans and ensure you have a means to receive timely warnings.

Last year...A total of 22 tornadoes touched down in Southeast Louisiana and the adjacent areas of Southwest and Coastal Mississippi in 2012. Of those 22 tornadoes the 10 tornadoes that occurred in Southeast Louisiana were all rated as weak, either EF0 or EF1 on the enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado that produced the most property damage in Southeast Louisiana occurred in the Prairieville area of Ascension Parish on the morning of March 21. The tornado produced considerable damage to a number of house roofs as well as downing trees and power lines along its 4 mile long path.

Two of the tornadoes in Southeast Louisiana last year originally developed as waterspouts before moving onshore and causing minor property damage. On May 9 A waterspout moved from Barataria Bay southward onto Grand Isle damaging several houses and camps. On July 13 A waterspout moved onshore port fourchon causing minor property damage and a minor injury.

Similar to 2011 lightning produced the only direct weather related severe weather fatalities in Southeast Louisiana during 2012. Two fisherman were fatally injured when lightning struck a tree next to A small structure they had sought refuge during a thunderstorm south of Ponchatoula.

On Wednesday morning, March 6, The National Weather Service invites Local government agencies, schools and others organizations to test their severe weather plans by participating in a tornado test drill. The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning on NOAA weather radio between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. using the routine weekly test message. The test warning will provide interested groups a way to test their severe weather plans.

Experience has shown that lives can be saved if people are aware of the dangers associated with tornadoes and severe weather and are prepared to take quick steps to protect themselves from
natures most violent and unpredictable storms.

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