Severe Weather Awarness Week underway
Meteorologically speaking, it is now severe weather season for Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. While tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and flash floods can occur at any time of the year, now through May is the time in which these hazards most often occur. As such, the week of March 1, 2015 has been designated "Severe Weather Awareness Week" for Louisiana. So as we flip the calendar from February to March, take a few minutes each day to be sure you and your family are aware and prepared for severe weather hazards before they happen.
What can you do to be ready? Develop a severe weather plan. The National Weather Service says that post-storm interviews with survivors confirm that having a safety plan in place greatly increases the chance of survival. A successful severe weather plan consists of knowing the meanings of watches and warnings, knowing safety rules pertinent to each severe weather hazard and having a reliable source of weather and emergency information.
2014 was a quiet year for severe weather. While this is obviously good news, it does pose a slight problem in that awareness for severe weather tends to be lessened after a lull.
There were just 15 tornadoes in Louisiana-the lowest total number for the state in 20 years. On average, there are 37 tornadoes per year in Louisiana. Locally, Southeastern Louisiana only dealt with 4 tornadoes. One of these was stronger, an EF2 that touched down east of Amite just two days before Christmas. The twister took a 5 mile track taking down trees, power lines, and damaging several homes. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities reported with any the Louisiana tornado events this year.
However, there were two minor injuries associated with a severe thunderstorm event that downed a tree which fell onto a house in Kentwood during a severe thunderstorm on June 24th
Throughout the week, we'll be reviewing the different types of hazards, important safety information and the meanings of watches and warnings.
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