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Update 3: Closely Watching Lee & Katia

Through our regional offices in Atlanta, New York and Texas, we continue to closely monitor tropical storm Lee and Hurricane Katia.

In response to Tropical Storm Lee, an Incident Management and Assistance Team (IMAT) is on site in Louisiana to coordinate with and support state emergency management officials, and a FEMA liaison officer is assigned to the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness emergency operation centers (EOC), and additional IMAT teams and liaisons are on standby and will be deployed to other state EOCs, if requested.

Residents in coastal and inland areas around the Gulf of Mexico should continue to closely monitor tropical storm Lee and be prepared for the following weather conditions (as forecasted by the National Weather Service):

  • Total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches from the central Gulf Coast northward into the Tennessee Valley are expected, with possible maximum amounts of 20 inches through Monday night,
  • Tropical storm conditions are expected throughout today,
  • Tornadoes are possible today and tonight over portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the far western Florida Panhandle.

As of 10am CDT, from tropical storm Lee, there are tropical storm warnings in effect for Destin, Florida westward to Sabine Pass, Texas, including New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas.

As we wrote in yesterday’s update, here are some key terms to know:

  • Flood Watch: flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information
  •  Flash Flood Watch: flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  •  Flood Warning: flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  •  Flash Flood Warning: a flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
  • Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area.
  • Tornado Warning: a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.

And here some key safety tips to remember:

  •  Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas – it only takes six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • We urge all individuals in the region to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio and their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials.
  • Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning:
    • Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
    • If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
    • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

And as Always, listen to the instructions of state and local officials.

Regarding Katia, as of 11am AST, the storm had strengthened to become a Category 2 hurricane, but at this time there are no coastal watches or warnings.  For information on the forecast track, visit Hurricane.gov and for the latest severe weather watches/warnings in your area, visit the National Weather Service at weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your phone.

Visit Ready.gov for more information on how to prepare for hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and other hazards, as well as a list of items to add to your emergency kit.

Last Updated: 
06/18/2012 - 14:03
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