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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA  
350 PM CDT SAT APR 10 2021  
   
..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 
 
DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SATURDAY APRIL 10, A SEVERE  
THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE ALONG A SWATH FROM  
THE CAPITAL HEIGHTS REGION OF BATON ROUGE SOUTHEASTWARD ROUGHLY  
ALONG AIRLINE HWY/HWY 61 THROUGH THE ST. AMANT AND ACY AREAS - A  
SWATH OF APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES.  
 
THE STRONGEST WINDS APPEAR TO HAVE OCCURRED IN THE VICINITY OF  
THE EAST BATON ROUGE/ASCENSION PARISH LINE WHERE 3 HIGH POWER  
TRANSMISSION TOWERS WERE TOPPLED. IN THIS AREA, WIND GUSTS WERE  
LIKELY 80 MPH OR HIGHER. OTHER DAMAGE ALONG THE SWATH INCLUDES  
NUMEROUS TREES AND LARGE LIMBS DOWN, AND A FEW POWER POLES  
SNAPPED. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OUTSIDE OF TREES FALLING ON HOMES  
WAS MAINLY LIMITED TO ROOFS AND CARPORTS.  
 
BASED ON RADAR DATA AND THE PICTURES WE HAVE RECEIVED THUS FAR,  
ALONG WITH CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN OUR METEOROLOGISTS AND THE  
LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES, WE CURRENTLY BELIEVE THIS  
DAMAGE WAS DUE TO STRAIGHT LINE WINDS FROM A SOMEWHAT LONG-LIVED  
DOWNBURST.  
 
NO FORMAL SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE IS CURRENTLY PLANNED. HOWEVER, WE  
CONTINUE TO EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE AND IF IT IS DETERMINED A SURVEY  
IS NEEDED, WE WILL CONDUCT ONE.  
 
PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS TO:  
LAUREN NASH  
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST  
NWS NEW ORLEANS/BATON ROUGE  
LAUREN.NASH@NOAA.GOV  
985-649-0429  
 

 
 
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