A report of today’s USACE’s Navigation Restoration Team conference follows:
1. NOAA/NWS Report (Slides attached)
  • Storm is getting more organized.  Still expected to strengthen into a Tropical Storm NESTOR.
  • Most of the rain is to the east of the storm.
  • At this time the only locations that have the potential to see Tropical Storm conditions will be Lower Plaquemines Parish and immediate coastal areas of Lower Jefferson and Lower St Bernard.

    Tropical storm force wind gusts more likely across the coastal waters of southeast Louisiana this afternoon and evening.  Decreasing late tonight.

    Tropical Storm conditions are most likely to begin late morning/early afternoon TODAY along the extreme southeast Louisiana coast and coastal waters.

    Near Southwest Pass –Tropical Storm Warning in Effect

    Today –East to northeast 25 to 30 kt–Gust 40 kt.

    Seas up to 12 feet. Numerous showers and thunderstorms.

    Tonight –northeast 25 to 30 kt–gust 40kt becoming north 20 to 25 ktafter midnight.

    Seas 12 to 16 feet.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

    Saturday –Northwest wind 20 to 25 kt. Seas 8 to 12 decreasing to 5 to 8 feet.

    Saturday night–West wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet

    Sunday–West wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
2. Corps of Engineers remarks:
  • No changes in operations.  Continuing to monitor.
  • Dredges watching conditions.  
3. Coast Guard remarks:
  • Port Condition Whiskey set.
  • Do not anticipate setting X-Ray.
  • Continuing to monitor.  
4. Flood Authorities remarks:
  • Report – Monitoring.
5.  Stakeholder remarks:

a. Ports – Monitoring Situation.

b. Deep Draft Navigation:
  • BAR Pilots – Still normal operations.
    • If conditions worsen, they may have to temporary cease operations, but do not plan to evacuate SWP.
    • Updates will be provided as needed.
  • Crescent PIlots – Monitoring situation. Ops normal.
  • NOBRA Pilots – Monitoring situation. Ops normal.
  • Federal Pilots – Monitoring situation. Ops normal.
c. Shallow Draft Navigation – Monitoring situation.  

Updates will be provided as received.