Governor Edwards Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Gordon
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Gordon. Edwards says 200 National Guard troops will be deployed Tuesday.
"These Guardsmen will be pre-positioned primarily in southeast Louisiana, along with 63 high water vehicles, along with 39 boats and helicopters," said Edwards.
Edwards says flooding is a big concern.
"Much of southeast Louisiana can expect to see heavy rain of 4-6 inches, in some cases 7 inches, along with storm surge of three-to-five feet," said Edwards.
The governor says Gordon is a real threat to Louisiana, even though Alabama and Mississippi coast lines are under a hurricane warning. He says the forecast track of Gordon can easily shift west, putting more of Louisiana under the cone of uncertainty.
"This particular storm has the potential to be very serious, so I'm asking everyone to pay attention to be prudent, stay informed and do as you're directed by your local officials," said Edwards.
Some voluntary evacuations have been ordered, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and areas outside of levee protection in New Orleans.