The LMA and Police Jury Association attended the Governor’s briefing on Hurricane Harvey this morning at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. A synopsis of the briefing as of 12:00 pm is:
Expected landfall early Saturday morning, August 26 near Corpus Christi, Texas as a category 3 storm. Please know these forecasts could change as this storm is increasing in strength.
Based upon the current track, the forecasted effects in Louisiana are:
7”-10” in Southwest Louisiana
5”-7” South Central Louisiana
5”-7” Central Louisiana
Lesser amounts farther east and north.
1’-3’ storm surge in Southwest Louisiana
1’-2’ storm surge in South Central Louisiana.
25 mph winds along the coast late Friday into Saturday.
Please note that there are two forecast scenarios that should be closely monitored. The storm is expected to stall over Texas where one of two things could occur:
- The storm dissipates completely while onshore near the Texas coast;
- The storm backs out into the Gulf of Mexico late Monday, August 28 or early Tuesday, August 29 with a secondary landfall around Thursday, August 31 somewhere between the Southwest and South Central Louisiana Coast.
The certainty of either scenario remains unclear at this time. Because of the uncertainty in forecasts post landfall in Texas, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue a statewide emergency declaration as a precaution .Please remain vigilant and monitor the situation closely. Review your disaster preparedness plans and ensure all debris removal contracts and other information is all in order. We will try and keep you informed of the latest information as we receive it.
The next Governor’s briefing is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 26, unless conditions warrant an earlier time and date.
John A. Gallagher