Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declares a state ahead of severe tropical weather.
In a series of tweets, Edwards stated, "I have issued a state of emergency today in preparation for the impact of the low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. The system will likely produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds & up to 15 inches of rain across the state.
This is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and heavy rainfall potentially impacting every part of the state. No one should take this storm lightly. As we know all too well in Louisiana, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact.
Now is the time to check your emergency supplies and get a gameplan for your family and pets. I urge the public to continue monitoring local media for weather developments and follow the directions of local officials.
We expect multiple parishes to declare states of emergency, and we stand ready to assist our local partners with all available resources. My office is in constant communication with FEMA and we will continue to provide updates as necessary."
As several parishes are expected to declare a states of emergency, please expect delays throughout the state through next week. To those in the affected areas, please stay safe.
We will keep you updated with any additional information we may receive.
- SPI Researchers Team