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Date Posted: 10/27/20 4:52 PM

Early Dismissal Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

Due to expected impacts from Hurricane Zeta, LSU Health New Orleans’s downtown New Orleans and dental campuses will dismiss Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon. Afternoon and evening classes and activities in the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Graduate Studies, and Public Health will be cancelled. The RTA plans to suspend service at noon. Anyone who relies upon RTA for transportation may leave a bit earlier with their supervisors’ approval.

LSU Healthcare Network clinics and clinics located on our campuses will close at 12:00 noon.

Afternoon patient appointments will be rescheduled.

If you have clinical duties at other clinics or hospitals, please follow their instructions.

LSU Health New Orleans hopes to resume normal operations Thursday, October 29, 2020, however the situation will be evaluated after the storm passes.

Please complete your preparations and stay safe!

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor

 

Date Posted: 10/27/20 1:58 PM

FLOOD WATCH

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for our area in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to move across portions of

southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi Wednesday afternoon and

Wednesday night. Periods of heavy rain are expected in advance of,

and along the track of Zeta.

 

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has issued a

 

* Flood Watch FOR portions of southeast Louisiana and

Mississippi, including the following areas, in southeast

Louisiana, Lower Jefferson, Lower Lafourche, Lower

Plaquemines, Lower St. Bernard, Lower Terrebonne, Orleans,

Southern Tangipahoa, St. Charles, St. John The Baptist, St.

Tammany, Upper Jefferson, Upper Lafourche, Upper Plaquemines,

Upper St. Bernard, Upper Terrebonne, and Washington. In

Mississippi, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, and

Walthall.

 

* from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning

 

* Heavy rainfall associated with Zeta is expected to result in

storm total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher

amounts.

 

* Flooding of low lying and flood prone areas is possible with

localized flash flooding.

 

Area:     LOWER TERREBONNE; LOWER ST. BERNARD; WASHINGTON; ST. CHARLES; UPPER JEFFERSON; SOUTHERN TANGIPAHOA; LOWER LAFOURCHE; ORLEANS; ST. TAMMANY; LOWER JEFFERSON; ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST; LOWER PLAQUEMINES; JACKSON; WALTHALL; UPPER LAFOURCHE; PEARL RIVER; UPPER PLAQUEMINES; HARRISON; UPPER ST. BERNARD; UPPER TERREBONNE; HANCOCK

               

 

 

Date Posted: 10/27/20 7:42 AM

 

HURRICANE WARNING

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning from Morgan City to the Mississippi/Alabama border including metropolitan New Orleans.

A Hurricane Warning means hurricane-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

 

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening

inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,

somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

 

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

- New Orleans

- Lakefront Airport

- Lake Catherine

 

* WIND

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Strong Tropical Storm force

wind

- Peak Wind Forecast: 50-65 mph with gusts to 85 mph

- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Wednesday afternoon

until early Thursday morning

 

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST

UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58

to 73 mph

- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

- PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical

storm force.

- PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property

should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for

significant wind damage.

- ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

 

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

- Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with

damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few

buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door

failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored.

Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.

- Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater

numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several

fences and roadway signs blown over.

- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within

urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways,

and access routes impassable.

- Scattered power and communications outages, but more

prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

 

* STORM SURGE

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Life-threatening storm surge possible

- Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for 4-6 feet

above ground somewhere within surge prone areas

- Window of concern: Wednesday morning until Thursday evening

 

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST

UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm

surge flooding greater than 3 feet above ground

- The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening storm surge flooding of

greater than 3 feet above ground.

- PREPARE: Evacuation efforts and flood preparations should

soon be brought to completion before conditions become

unsafe.

- ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for

your area to avoid being cut off from emergency services or

needlessly risk lives.

 

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

- Areas of inundation from storm surge flooding. Damage to

several buildings, mainly near the coast.

- Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads

become weakened or washed out, especially in usually

vulnerable low spots. 3 to 6 feet of inundation is possible

outdide the hurricane protection levee on the east bank

near Lake Catherine and Lakefront Airport. No inundation

expected inside the hurricane protection levees on the east

bank and on the parish levee on the west bank.

- Major shoreline erosion with heavy surf. Strong and

numerous rip currents.

- Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.

Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially

in unprotected anchorages.

 

* FLOODING RAIN

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

- Peak Rainfall Amounts: 3-6 inches, with locally higher

amounts

 

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST

UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for

moderate flooding rain

- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from

the previous assessment.

- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for

moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues

are possible.

- PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area

vulnerable to flooding.

- ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take

action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

 

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

- Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations

and rescues.

- Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with

swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,

especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,

creeks, canals, bayous, and ditches overflow.

- Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken

foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas

of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and

poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on

moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.

Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge

closures.

 

* TORNADO

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

- Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

 

- THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST

UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few

tornadoes

- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a

few tornadoes.

- PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to

tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before

hazardous weather arrives.

- ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter

quickly.

 

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the

execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with

power and communications disruptions.

- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,

chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or

overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,

shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown

off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/26/20 4:36 PM

Hurricane Watch

LSU Health New Orleans is closely monitoring Hurricane Zeta with our team of meteorologists. New Orleans is within the cone of uncertainty, and the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for metropolitan New Orleans. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Although the track currently brings Zeta close to New Orleans, that could change. We will know more after Zeta enters the Gulf of Mexico tomorrow. The Hurricane Watch extends from Morgan City to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

If the current track holds, New Orleans can expect sustained strong tropical storm-force winds and the possibility of isolated, locally heavy rain showers Wednesday evening and overnight. Zeta is forecasted to be a rapidly moving storm.

LSU Health New Orleans will continue normal operations Tuesday. A decision about our Wednesday status will be made and communicated tomorrow.

Helpful information is available at both NOLA Ready and Get a Game Plan.

If you have not yet registered for emergency text alert system, please consider doing so now. It is an important emergency communications tool for us. You can learn more about it and sign up here: http://911.lsuhsc.edu/eas/.

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor