GOHSEP urges everyone to prepare for severe weather

According to the NWS, the main threats associated with this system include     wind gusts up to 65 mph, isolated thunderstorms and large hail.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging everyone to be aware of severe storms expected to impact the state as a cold front moves across the region. Monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and your local media outlets for advisories in your area.  The threat will last in some areas through midnight.

According to the NWS, the main threats associated with this system include:

•             Wind gusts up to 65 mph

•             Isolated thunderstorms

•             Large hail

In addition to the severe weather threat, rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will be possible.  Locally heavy rainfall could lead to localized ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage.

“High water is already an issue in many parts of the state due to recent river flooding and the unusually wet winter that we have had to date,” said GOHSEP Director James Waskom. “Storms such as the one impacting the state today could intensify those current issues or create new problems.  Get a game plan before the storms strike.  Use caution and allow more time if you have to travel.  Stay alert in case weather conditions become dangerous.”  

Some protective actions you can take before a thunderstorms include: 

•Postpone outdoor activities.

•Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

•Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

•Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

•Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App.  It is free for basic service.  You can also download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at