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Governor declares state of emergency for Louisiana

By Cyndi Sellers

Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana in anticipation of a tropical storm or hurricane developing in the Gulf of Mexico this week, with landfall likely somewhere on the Louisiana coast over the weekend. “No one should take this storm lightly,” he said Wednesday, because heavy rain can cause serious problems even away from the landfall area.

On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center forecast the low pressure area to become a tropical storm, to be named Barry, by Thursday morning, and a hurricane with winds near 85 mph prior to landfall somewhere along the Cameron Parish coastline on Saturday.

The Lake Charles National Weather Service briefing on Wednesday warned that the NHC said the intensity could be even higher, as much as a strong Category 2 or even weak Category 3 by landfall. Based on a Category 2, the storm surge could be 8-10 feet at the coast, depending on where it makes landfall.

On Wednesday, the Cameron Parish OEP asked all residents to take preliminary precautions and complete evacuation preparations, due to the potential for tropical development. Residents are asked to monitor local radio and television stations, NOAA weather radios, and social media for information about this potential threat.

Residents living in campers, as well as those living near waterways, rivers or areas that flood from above normal rises in high tide should have a plan to evacuate to a sturdy structure. Outside items should be secured.

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