Weather & Storm Information

GLPC Storm Watch: Hurricane Nate

GLPC Storm Watch: TS Nate Update #1

GLPC PHASE I: STORM WATCH
Tropical Storm Nate
October 5, 2017
9:00 a.m.

GLPC is moving to Storm Watch phase, which means that the Port Commission is monitoring Tropical Storm Nate for further development or strengthening over the next few days.

While this system’s exact path is not certain, it is likely that it will have some effect on the Louisiana coast within the next 72 hours. Port Fourchon businesses and coastal residents should be alert for new updates and warnings and need to be prepared to take quick action if necessary.

What this means for the Port Fourchon area:
-Potential for heavy rain and higher tides
-Potential impact on travel to and from Port Fourchon, although roadways are clear and open at this time
-Be alert, but not alarmed

There are no evacuation orders at this time. However, due to existing high water conditions, GLPC is opening the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity. Visit this link to view the GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use: Port Commission Ordinance No. 74

Emergency Storm Harbor Marina

Please review your facility’s hurricane plan, be thoughtful of stockpiling any loose material or excess items that could fly away or be damaged if Port Fourchon is affected by a storm, and make sure the Port Commission has your facility’s updated contact information so that you can receive timely storm-related information.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

GLPC Storm Watch: TS Nate Update #2 (Phase II: Voluntary Evacuation)

GLPC PHASE II: VOLUNTARY EVACUATION
Tropical Storm Nate
October 6, 2017
8:30 a.m.

Port Fourchon is moving to Storm Phase II, which is Voluntary Evacuation, in preparation for Tropical Storm Nate making landfall in southeast Louisiana this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch and a Storm Surge Watch for our area. Nate is a fast-moving storm, and effects are only projected to be Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

The section of LA 1 south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow is currently open, but we are monitoring water levels that may impact road conditions through the weekend. Please keep the potential for road closures in mind as you plan any travel below the lock.

Port Fourchon businesses and coastal residents should be alert for new updates and warnings and need to be prepared to take quick action if necessary.

What this means for the Port Fourchon area:
-Potential for heavy rain
-High tides and storm surge
-Potential impact on travel to and from Port Fourchon, although roadways are clear and open at this time

GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity. Visit this link to view the GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use: Port Commission Ordinance No. 74

Please review your facility’s hurricane plan, be thoughtful of stockpiling any loose material or excess items that could fly away or be damaged if Port Fourchon is affected by a storm, and make sure the Port Commission has your facility’s updated contact information so that you can receive timely storm-related information.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

GLPC Storm Watch: TS Nate Update #3 (Phase III: Recommended Evacuation)

GLPC PHASE III: RECOMMENDED EVACUATION
Tropical Storm Nate
Update #3
October 6, 2017
3:30 p.m.

Port Fourchon is moving to Storm Phase III, which is Recommended Evacuation, in preparation for Tropical Storm Nate. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning, a Storm Surge Warning, and a Hurricane Watch for our area. Nate is a fast-moving storm, and effects are only projected to be Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

Please secure hazards and clear non-essential equipment from facility grounds, prepare office areas to minimize water intrusion damage, secure buildings with storm shutters or plywood over windows and doors, secure fuel tanks and storage areas, and remove all small craft that can be hauled or trailered from port facilities and waterways, well away from the effects of possible storm surge and high winds. Remember, all vessels remaining in port must be manned. No new mooring dolphin rentals will be accepted once Phase III has been activated; any unleased dolphins will be considered first come, first served until the storm is over.

NOTE: GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity. Visit this link to view the GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use: Port Commission Ordinance No. 74

What this means for the Port Fourchon area:
-Watches/Warnings in effect: Tropical Storm Warning, a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Watch
-Potential for heavy rain -High tides and storm surge
-Potential impact on travel to and from Port Fourchon, although roadways are open at this time

Roadways:
-DOTD has suspended tolls on the LA 1 Expressway until further notice.
-There are no roadway closures at this time.
-The section of LA 1 south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow is currently open, but we are monitoring water levels that may impact road conditions through the weekend. Please keep the potential for road closures in mind as you plan any travel below the lock.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

GLPC Storm Watch: Hurricane Nate Update #4 (Phase IV: Mandatory Evacuation)

GLPC PHASE IV: MANDATORY EVACUATION
Hurricane Nate
Update #4
October 7, 2017
8:45 a.m.

Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle has ordered a mandatory evacuation below the floodgates in Golden Meadow effective at 12:00 noon today. Therefore, Port Fourchon is moving to Storm Phase IV, which is Mandatory Evacuation. This means that all remaining personnel should evacuate the port.

The National Weather Service has issued Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge Warnings for our area. Although roadways are currently clear, water is anticipated to come up quickly as Nate approaches the coast today. Hurricane Nate’s effects are projected to impact the port from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

Please secure hazards and clear non-essential equipment from facility grounds, prepare office areas to minimize water intrusion damage, secure buildings with storm shutters or plywood over windows and doors, secure fuel tanks and storage areas, shut off utilities (water, electricity, etc.) if possible, and remove all small craft that can be hauled or trailered from port facilities and waterways, well away from the effects of possible storm surge and high winds. Remember, all vessels remaining in port must be manned. No new mooring dolphin rentals will be accepted; any unleased dolphins will be considered first come, first served until the storm is over.

After the storm has passed and roadways are cleared, the Port Commission will notify port tenants when limited or full access is given to return and assess any damage to facilities.

NOTE: GLPC has opened the Emergency Storm Harbor Marina to commercial fishing vessels seeking safe harbor within the South Lafourche Levee System. Utilization of this marina will be on a first come, first served basis. Harbor Police will be on scene to monitor marina activity. Visit this link to view the GLPC Ordinance No. 74 regarding Storm Harbor Marina use: Port Commission Ordinance No. 74

What this means for the Port Fourchon area:
-Watches/Warnings in effect: Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge Warnings
-Potential for strong tropical storm-force winds
-High tides and storm surge
-Potential impact on travel to and from Port Fourchon, although roadways are open at this time

Roadways:
-The mandatory evacuation means that LA 1 south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow will be closed below the lock.
-DOTD has suspended tolls on the LA 1 Expressway until further notice.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

GLPC Storm Watch: Hurricane Nate Update #5 (Phase V: Storm in Port)

GLPC PHASE IV: STORM IN PORT
Hurricane Nate
Update #5
October 7, 2017
4:00 p.m.

Port Fourchon is moving to Storm Phase V, which is Storm in Port, as Hurricane Nate moves ashore on the Gulf Coast this evening.

Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle has ordered a mandatory evacuation below the floodgates in Golden Meadow, and all personnel should be evacuated from facilities in the Port Fourchon area by this time.

Rising water levels and tropical force winds are beginning to be felt at Port Fourchon. Although roadways are currently clear, water is anticipated to come up quickly as Nate approaches. Conditions will continue to deteriorate rapidly as Hurricane Nate speeds through, making a closure of LA 1 between Golden Meadow and Leeville likely in the coming hours.

You are encouraged to remain inside shelter and stay alert as we expect to receive more severe weather within the next several hours. After the storm has passed and roadways are cleared, the Port Commission will notify port tenants when limited or full access is given to return and assess any damage to facilities.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

We will continue to evaluate the threat this weather poses and keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

GLPC Storm Watch: Hurricane Nate Update #6- Back in Business at First Light

GLPC RECOVERY PHASE: BACK IN BUSINESS AT FIRST LIGHT
Hurricane Nate
Update #6
October 8, 2017
6:00 a.m.

Effective at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 8, the Lafourche Parish President will lift the Mandatory Evacuation order for residents south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow. In the interest of public safety, Port Fourchon Harbor Police will wait until first light to reopen the port.

Port Fourchon will then complete the Recovery Phase, giving port personnel the opportunity to do a full post-Nate assessment while port businesses and personnel return to the port and get back to business. Please do not travel until daylight hours, and drive cautiously when entering the area as there may still be standing water and/or debris on the roadways where storm waters encroached.

During storm season, it is always the Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s goal to weather every storm safely and get Port Fourchon fully operational as quickly as possible. A heartfelt thank you to our port community for staying alert and informed, prepared and responsive, efficient and resilient. Together, we are Fourchon. Ready today, and ready for tomorrow.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, and/or social media, messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

GLPC Storm Watch: Hurricane Nate Update #7 (Final Update)

GLPC RECOVERY PHASE: FINAL UPDATE
Hurricane Nate
Update #7
October 8, 2017
8:00 a.m.

All Clear; Port Fourchon Back in Business

Port Fourchon is ending all GLPC Storm Phases for Hurricane Nate and returning to normal operations.

All roads are open to vehicular traffic, including LA 1 from Golden Meadow to Grand Isle, debris has been cleared, and there is no longer any water encroaching on roadways leading to Port Fourchon. All watches and warnings have ended, and port businesses and personnel are all clear to return to the port and get back to business.

Feel free to visit the Port Commission’s WEATHER AND STORM INFO webpage at portfourchon.com for links to current storm information, helpful storm prep information and resources, a link to GLPC’s Crisis Communication System login page, and contact updating forms.

As always, we will continue to keep you updated with any developing weather-related issues.

Thank you for staying informed with us through this weather event.

This will be our final update on Hurricane Nate.

Storm Season lasts from June 1 through November 30 of each year.

The Port Commission understands that from the time a hurricane or tropical storm is projected to enter the gulf until facilities in the port are operational again, daily information on weather forecasts, preparation measures, evacuations called, etc. is imperative to businesses operating within and around Port Fourchon.

To keep our tenants and port/airport users informed, the Port Commission has instituted numerous ways to get up-to-date storm-related information as it pertains to Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport.

DURING A STORM THREAT:

The Port Commission’s Weather and Storm Info webpage will be updated regularly with current storm information.

If you have signed up to any of our public information or emergency notification lists, e-mails, faxes and/or text messages will be sent daily with up-to-date information. If you would like to sign up for any notifications from the Port Commission, visit our NOTIFY ME page.

Our Crisis Communication System, to which key personnel from all port and airport tenants are enrolled, will be activated during storm season, and the Crisis Communication Login button (on the top right of the Port Commission website) will be highlighted in red. Port tenants can check in using their RallyPoint Crisis Communication login via computer or by phone.

CLICK HERE for a Crisis Communication System login refresher.

CLICK HERE for a Crisis Communication System sign-up form (for port/airport tenants only). Email completed forms to info@portfourchon.com or fax to (985) 632-6703.

CLICK HERE for a link to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Remaining In-Port Checklist (RIPC) form, which is part of the Coast Guard’s Hurricane Contingency Port Plan, to be completed if your vessel chooses to stay in port during a storm event.

CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATING FORMS:

It is important to make sure the Port Commission has current contact information for all businesses in Port Fourchon and at the South Lafourche Airport. Please use the following forms to update your contact info.

Click NOTIFY ME at the top of this website to sign up for updates, or CLICK HERE for a printable Public Information Update Signup form (for port users and the general public).

CLICK HERE for a Directory Listing Contact Info form (for port/airport tenant companies).

CLICK HERE for an Emergency Notification/FSO Contact Info form (for port/airport facilities’ FSOs only).

2017 ANNUAL HURRICANE MEETING PRESENTATION INFO:

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Hurricane Readiness Meeting Presentation.

CLICK HERE for GLPC’s Storm Phases.

CLICK HERE for a link to the Lafourche Parish Reentry page.

CLICK HERE for a refresher on how to update your company’s Lafourche Parish Re-Entry information.

GENERAL WEATHER AND STORM PREP LINKS:

Local Links:

CLICK HERE for Port Fourchon’s Current Weather Conditions.

CLICK HERE for South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport’s Current Weather Conditions.

CLICK HERE for Lafourche Parish Government’s Office of Emergency Preparedness website, which includes storm recovery information for Lafourche Parish residents.

CLICK HERE to visit the South Lafourche Levee District website for information on South Lafourche levees, floodgates, and locks.

CLICK HERE for NOAA’s Port Fourchon Tides and Currents Webpage.

CLICK HERE for US Coast Guard Port Waterway Status, Safety Alerts, Notice to Mariners, & Marsec Level.

Statewide Links:

CLICK HERE for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, or call 225-925-7500.

CLICK HERE for Entergy’s website, which includes their “Storm Center” and an interactive map to view power outages in your area, or call 800-ENTERGY or 800-9OUTAGE.

CLICK HERE for Louisiana State Police information on state and federal highway road closures, sorted by parish, street, and troop, or call the LSP Road Closure Hotline at 800-469-4828.

Nationwide Links:

CLICK HERE for the National Hurricane Center Website.

CLICK HERE to see a wind speed and direction map of the United States that allows you to zoom in on specific areas.

CLICK HERE for FEMA’s emergency preparedness and recovery website.

CLICK HERE for information on FEMA individual federal and state disaster assistance for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance, or call 800-621-FEMA.

CLICK HERE for information on Small Business Administration federal low-interest disaster loans, or call 800-659-2955.

CLICK HERE to apply for FEMA Disaster Unemployment Assistance, or call 866-783-5567.

CLICK HERE to visit the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Website for information on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry operations during storms.

CLICK HERE for the American Red Cross.

CLICK HERE for the Salvation Army.

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