Sheriff Stuart Wright, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Office of Emergency Preparedness Officials and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #7 attended a National Weather Service Severe Weather Webinar on Dec. 13 at 9:30 am at NATCOM 911 Center in Natchitoches concerning the potential for severe weather this evening in Northwest and Central Louisiana according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Other parish agencies had the capability to link into the webinar.
All modes for severe weather are active with possible tornadoes, damaging winds up to 70-80mph, and large hail.
The main brunt of the system is expected to be in or near Natchitoches Parish around 9pm, however, some thunderstorms may be possible in advance of the line. The system is expected to exit and move east around 1am.
Have a game plan, put fresh batteries in NOAA Weather Radios, charge cellphones in case of a power outage and listen to local media coverage of severe weather in your area.
In the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning, NATCOM 911 Center will activate sirens in your area.
Deputies, OEP, 911 Communications and local fire districts will continue to network with the Shreveport National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center as we monitor the potential for severe weather this evening.
Stay safe everyone. In case of an emergency call 911, non-emergency 352-6432.
Natchitoches Parish Schools will dismiss at their scheduled times, all extra-curricular after school activities have been cancelled this evening.
NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook:
Severe weather will be possible across the entire ArkLaTex this afternoon into this evening as potentially dangerous supercell
thunderstorms embedded within a squall line move east across the region. All modes of severe weather will be possible with damaging winds, tornadoes, and locally heavy rainfall being the main threats followed by large hail as a secondary threat.