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Louisiana Gov. Jindal Declares State of Emergency Due To Storm, BP Oil Spill
Written by  // Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:08 //

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a  State of Emrgency due to the oncoming Tropical Depression 3.

Below is the State of Emergency

Also, in a news conference today, Louisiana Governor Jindal has announced that the storm that is approaching the Gulf of Mexico has a 40% chance of having tropical storm winds at the BP oil incident scene.  


Jindal said he does not anticipate a major evacuation.  He also said the local parish officials are set to make  the evacuation decisions tomorrow.

Jindal urged that people go to Make A Plan web site for information


The below is part of the current advisory from the National Hurricane Center:

T 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 75.4 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION HAS BEEN MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...22
KM/HR. A TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED IS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.

DATA FROM A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION HAS
NOT STRENGTHENED. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 35 MPH...55
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE AND THE
DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM TONIGHT OR FRIDAY.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE

PLANE WAS 1006 MB...29.71 INCHES.

Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency for Tropical Depression Three

 BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the State of Louisiana in preparation for Tropical Depression Three, which if upgraded, would become Tropical Storm Bonnie.

 

EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION ON STATE OF EMERGENCY- TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or man-made causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the state of Louisiana;

WHEREAS, when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers him to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, or both;

 

WHEREAS,               a statewide declaration of emergency, Proclamation No. 20 BJ 2010, was issued on April 29, 2010, and extended by subsequent proclamations 37 BJ 2010 on May 29, 2010 and 43 BJ 2010 on June 28, 2010, in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and on April 29, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon event was designated a Spill of National Significance (SONS) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;

 

WHEREAS,               Tropical Depression Three, which if upgraded will become Tropical Storm Bonnie, is projected to enter the area of response activities surrounding the Deepwater Horizon site located approximately forty-eight (48) miles off the southeastern coastline of Louisiana, and this response involves hundreds of maritime vessels and thousands of United States Coast Guard personnel, British Petroleum personnel and their contractors on-land and off-shore;

WHEREAS, Tropical Depression Three is expected to impact the coastal parishes of Louisiana with possible hurricane strength winds, wave surges, high tides, torrential rain and tornado activity. The storm is expected to make impact with the Louisiana coast during the night of Friday, July 23rd or morning of Saturday, July 24th, 2010, with the expectation that tropical or hurricane force winds will reach the Louisiana coast prior to landfall;

 

WHEREAS, the forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that the coastal parishes of Louisiana will be subjected to tropical force or hurricane conditions to such a degree that life and property will be placed in jeopardy;

 

WHEREAS, the coastal parishes of Louisiana are currently under parish declarations of Emergency for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and will continue to operate under those declarations for the approaching Tropical Depression Three;

 

WHEREAS, a separate declaration of emergency is necessary to provide the authority for state government to assist local governments as requested, to allow state agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality and to allow federal agencies and federal resources to be deployed if necessary; and

WHEREAS, a declaration that a state of emergency exists on July 22, 2010, due to the predicted impact of Tropical Depression Three along the Louisiana coast which threatens the safety and security of those citizens, is appropriate given the threatened tropical storm and hurricane conditions and complicating factors created by the oil spill;

 

NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

 

SECTION 1: Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a separate state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of forecasted tropical storm or hurricane activity which, in addition to the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance, has created emergency conditions that threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State.

SECTION 2: The Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration;

SECTION 3: The state of emergency extends from July 22, 2010 through August 21, 2010, unless terminated sooner.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of July, 2010.

 

 

/S/Bobby Jindal_______________

GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA

Louisiana Governor Jindal has announced that the storm that is approaching the Gulf of Mexico has a 40% chance of having tropical storm winds at BP incident scene.

Jindal said he does not anticipate a major evacuation.  He also said the local parish officials are set to make  the evacuation decisions tomorrow.

The below is part of the current advisory from the National Hurricane Center:
 
T 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 75.4 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION HAS BEEN MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...22
KM/HR. A TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED IS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
 
DATA FROM A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION HAS
NOT STRENGTHENED. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 35 MPH...55
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE AND THE
DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM TONIGHT OR FRIDAY. 
 
THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE
PLANE WAS 1006 MB...29.71 INCHES.

Jindal says storm spending more time over gulf

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BP, Storm: Severe Weather Response Plan Is Unified Command he Unified Command center responding to the BP Oil Spill has announced that a severe weather response due to a  tropical depression that threatens to be a tropical storm.

 

Here is the statement:

The Unified Area Command center is tracking tropical weather near the Bahamas very closely and is constantly engaged in discussions with the National Hurricane Center, NOAA and FEMA to ensure the safety of more than 40,000 people currently assisting in the oil spill response and recovery efforts.

To prepare for the possibility of severe weather, Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, Federal On Scene Coordinator, has directed the movement of surplus response equipment to inland staging areas. These considerations are meant to protect people, boats, boom and other equipment while planning for the safe and speedy resumption of oil spill recovery after a storm.

“We are repositioning assets away from low-lying areas to higher ground staging areas to protect our ability to respond to the dynamic requirements of the incident.  The protection of the equipment and crew is paramount to ensure maximum ability to respond to any new challenges a storm may pose to the enormous mission. We are committed to following through with our response.. There will be no reductions in effort, urgency or commitment even as we sustain the long-term relief effort,” said Zukunft.

Activities that are underway for storm preparedness include evacuating specialized vessels from the path of any severe weather to prevent damage and ensure that oil recovery operations can resume as soon as possible after a storm.  Additionally, boom is being removed from marsh areas where oil is not threatening the shore to prevent damage from the heavy equipment getting pushed into the delicate area by strong winds and high tides.

It is necessary to begin moving equipment to inland staging areas well in advance of a potential storm.  The consolidation of boom and other equipment at our inland staging areas will in no way hinder the current response operations, but will serve to protect as much of this vital resource from the elements as possible through the risky hurricane season.

Wednesday, Zukunft sent a letter to local officials to provide an update on resource protection in case of a storm.  The letter can be viewed here.

 



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