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27 August, 2020

Hurricane Report - Major Hurricane Laura Update

Hurricane Laura is south of Louisiana, and is gaining strength as predicted. Wind speeds are up to 125 mph (201 km). They are expected to intensify into a category 4 as the storm continues towards landfall.

This storm will bring catastrophic winds and damage in it’s wake. The National Hurricane Center noted, “the hurricane’s intensification is remarkable, with no signs it will stop soon”. Power outages are expected as far north as Arkansas.



Sabine Pass/Beaumont/Port Arthur are major commercial shipping hubs in the US Gulf Coast.

 

 

Coastal areas are already starting to see the impacts of storm surge (coastal tidal flooding) 12 hours before the storm hits. And is now expected to be up to 20 feet (6 meters) in some areas.

Swells around the center of the storm are averaging 42 feet (12.8 meters)

The following ports are at Port Condition Zulu as of 1000

 

  • Houston, TX
  • Baytown, TX

The following ports are at Port Condition Zulu

  • Galveston, TX
  • Texas City, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Pascagoula, MS
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Port Arthur, TX
  • Orange, TX
  • Sabine, TX
  • Lake Charles, LA

Hurricane Port Condition WHISKEY means condition set when weather advisories indicates sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 72 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition X-RAY means condition set when weather advisories indicates sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 48 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition YANKEE means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 24 hours.

Hurricane Port Condition ZULU means condition set when weather advisories indicate that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) from a tropical or hurricane force storm are predicted to make landfall at the port within 12 hours.

Hurricane Laura

SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...27.0N 92.0W

ABOUT 225 MI...365 KM SSE OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA

ABOUT 235 MI...375 KM SE OF GALVESTON TEXAS

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...125 MPH...205 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...956 MB...28.23 INCHES

 

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* Freeport Texas to the Mouth of the Mississippi River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* San Luis Pass Texas to Intracoastal City Louisiana

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* Sargent Texas to San Luis Pass

* East of Intracoastal City Louisiana to the Mouth of the Mississippi River

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* Mouth of the Mississippi River to Ocean Springs Mississippi

* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* East of Intracoastal City to west of Morgan City Louisiana

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE  956 MB EYE DIAMETER  25 NM

MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 110 KT WITH GUSTS TO 135 KT.

64 KT....... 60NE  50SE  20SW  40NW.

50 KT.......100NE  90SE  30SW  60NW.

34 KT.......150NE 140SE  70SW  90NW.

12 FT SEAS..240NE 180SE 120SW 150NW.

WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 27.0N  92.0W AT 26/1500Z AT 26/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 26.5N  91.5W

FORECAST VALID 27/0000Z 28.5N  93.2W

MAX WIND 125 KT...GUSTS 150 KT.

64 KT... 60NE  50SE  30SW  40NW.

50 KT... 90NE  80SE  40SW  50NW.

34 KT...150NE 140SE  70SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 27/1200Z 31.0N  93.8W...INLAND

MAX WIND  75 KT...GUSTS  90 KT.

64 KT... 30NE  30SE   0SW  15NW.

50 KT... 50NE  50SE  20SW  20NW.

34 KT... 90NE 110SE  60SW  60NW.

FORECAST VALID 28/0000Z 33.7N  93.5W...INLAND

MAX WIND  40 KT...GUSTS  50 KT.

34 KT... 60NE  60SE   0SW  20NW.

FORECAST VALID 28/1200Z 35.8N  92.2W...INLAND

MAX WIND  25 KT...GUSTS  35 KT.

FORECAST VALID 29/0000Z 37.2N  89.1W...INLAND

MAX WIND  25 KT...GUSTS  35 KT.

FORECAST VALID 29/1200Z 37.6N  83.9W...INLAND

MAX WIND  25 KT...GUSTS  35 KT.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 150 NM ON DAY 4 AND 175 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 15 KT EACH DAY

OUTLOOK VALID 30/1200Z 40.0N  70.0W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP 

MAX WIND  40 KT...GUSTS  50 KT.

OUTLOOK VALID 31/1200Z 48.0N  55.0W...POST-TROP/EXTRATROP

MAX WIND  45 KT...GUSTS  55 KT.

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 27.0N  92.0W

 

 

Informative Links:

Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities HERE

Wind & Wave Analysis HERE

Forecasted Wave Height HERE

CERA – Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment (Interactive map) HERE

For more information, please contact your local Inchcape office: www.iss-shipping.com