Bayou Bridge pipeline decision soon

Feb. 9 – Pipeline ruling on hold; decision expected next week

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. . . . (more)

The follow-up story will get posted here . . .  FC

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Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) – The Trump administration’s decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state’s argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

” . . .   tourism makes up about 11 percent of the economy of neighboring Georgia, 10 percent of the economies of South Carolina and Maine and nearly 7 percent of the economy of New Jersey. “

South Carolina’s Republican governor, Henry McMaster, has said he is seeking an exemption from the drilling plan, while Georgia’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal, said he was concerned about drilling in coastal Georgia. . . .” (more)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-offshore-drilling-tourism/not-just-florida-tourism-big-in-other-states-opposing-coastal-drilling-idUSKBN1F51ES

Louisiana – Watch Out for Hurricane Harvey

HERE IT COMES!

“A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* East of High Island Texas to Grand Isle Louisiana”

“A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
during the next 12 hours in the indicated locations. For a
depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather
Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at
hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons
located within these areas should take all necessary actions to
protect life and property from rising water and the potential for
other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other
instructions from local officials.” . . .

“HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

RAINFALL: Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall
accumulations of 3 to 6 inches from southwestern Louisiana and the
adjacent border of eastern Texas northeastward into western Kentucky
through Friday with isolated amounts up to 10 inches. While the
threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area,
catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and
around Houston eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the
week. The expected heavy rains spreading northeastward from
Louisiana into western Kentucky may also lead to flash flooding and
increased river and small stream flooding. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVELIN THE AFFECTED AREA IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE PLACE. DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED ROADWAYS.

Please see warnings and products issued by your
local National Weather Service office for additional information on
this life-threatening situation.”

WAFB.COM has current information for the Baton Rouge area plus radar etc.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH for:

Amite, MS
Ascension, LA
Assumption, LA
East Baton Rouge, LA
East Feliciana, LA
Iberville, LA
Lawrence, MS
Livingston, LA
Northern Tangipahoa, LA
Pike, MS
Pointe Coupee, LA
St. Helena, LA
St. John The Baptist, LA
Upper Lafourche, LA
Upper St. Martin, LA
West Baton Rouge, LA
West Feliciana, LA
Wilkinson, MS

New Orleans/Baton Rouge Outlook – NWS

TORNADO, SURGE, WIND ETC. WARNINGS IN EFFECT WAFB

WAFB  Twitter feed – for mobile phones

Gulf satellite view

WAFB – Western Louisiana in crosshairs as Harvey moves back to land < has VIDEO

River stages – ALL     Mississippi at Donaldsonville

Cat 3 Hurricane Harvey Bearing Down on Texas <<< Urgent WARNINGS on Surge

If it veers right it will hit Louisiana coast –

CNN REPORT – Tropical Storm Harvey projected to become Category 3 hurricane < has video

NHC says Harvey quickly strengthening, to be a major hurricane

NOAA MAP

WAFB is covering it with updates – Hurricane page

WAFB – Sandbags available in advance of potential flooding < will probably get updated

Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas, could cause catastrophic damage

“An incredible amount of rain, exceeding 20 inches in some areas, is likely as the storm is predicted to stall and unload torrential downpours for four to six straight days.”

” . . . Areas from the Texas-Louisiana border up to Corpus Christi may see 12 to 20 inches of rain, with some locations seeing well over two feet. A few models forecast up to four feet of rain in isolated locations, so the potential exists for a flood event of historic proportions. But it is impossible to pinpoint exactly where the heaviest rain will fall.”

” The Hurricane Center currently predicts 6 to 10 feet of water – above normally dry land – inundating coastal areas immediately to the east and north of the landfall location. That amount is based on the assumption that Harvey makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. But the surge could be even higher (or lower) if the storm is stronger (or weaker) and will be adjusted as the forecast evolves. It is critical that affected residents heed evacuation orders.

It looks really big – graphic view

Sinkhole is 8 o’clock from Lake Pontchatrain

We will be watching electric power supply to the area nuke plants during this storm.

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2013 story – Is the Gulf of Mexico Now Spawning Hurricanes? UPDATED

Storm Watch

Tropical system forecast to enter Gulf today on path to — where?

NOAA Map

East Baton Rouge FLOOD WARNING

WAFB Weather page with radar etc.

The WatchersGulf Coast prepares for flooding rains, strong winds, rip currents and high surf

“The system is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding, gusty winds, rip currents, high surf as well as some coastal flooding.”

June 21 –  Boy, 10, Killed as Tropical Storm Cindy Churns Towards Gulf Coast

Yellowstone Updated

Hurricane Risk Higher This Season

Worst Hurricane Season In A Decade Threatens Gulf Coast Production

“2017 could be an “above-normal” year for large hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a potential problem for Gulf Coast oil drillers and refiners.”

The Advocate
Report: Major figure in Katrina aftermath says no FEMA, NOAA leaders at start of hurricane season ‘should scare hell out of everybody’

“. . . Trump appointed former Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long to lead FEMA in late April, but the Senate has not yet confirmed the selection, CNN reported. Trump has not appointed anyone to the NOAA position.”

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

WAFB – BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service New Orleans LA

http://www.wafb.com/weatheralerts#WNWxAlert1-1-51

730 AM CDT SUN APR 30 2017

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Eastern West Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Southeastern Pointe Coupee Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Western East Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Northwestern Iberville Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Northwestern East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Southeastern Wilkinson County in southern Mississippi…
Western Amite County in southern Mississippi…

* Until 800 AM CDT

WAFB.com weather page with radar etc.
– (more are on the right sidebar)

Texas had deadly tornadoes – so be checking radio and tv etc. for any warnings!