La. governor calls state of emergency, as tropical system nears


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Louisiana is under a state of emergency, as its governor readies the state for a tropical storm system.

The system will likely produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain across the state. 

“This is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and widespread, heavy rainfall potentially impacting every part of the state,” said Gov. Edwards.

The emergency order is a procedural move, so the state can provide parishes with aid as needed. To receive state assistance, parishes must issue their own emergency declarations.

“We expect multiple parishes to declare states of emergency, and we stand ready to assist our local partners with all available resources,” Edwards said. “My office is in constant communication with FEMA and we will continue to provide updates as necessary.”

Additional rainfall could further floods along the Mississippi River, the governor said. Meteorologists expect parts of the state to see more than a foot of rain.

“No one should take this storm lightly,” Edwards said. “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.”

Edwards plans to meet again with emergency officials Thursday.

The tropical system is set to arrive this weekend. Depending on severity, it could become the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Whether the storm, itself, will become a hurricane remains unclear.

The emergency order shall remain in effect from July 10, 2019, to August 8, 2019, unless terminated sooner. 

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