Gov. Edwards discusses severe weather threat

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss the severe weather threat facing our state.

According to the National Weather Service, East Baton Rouge Parish is under an enhanced risk of severe weather until 7 a.m. Monday including damaging winds, tornadoes, and 3 to 6 inches of rainfall and potential flooding.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and officials from the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) urges residents to take precaution due to the anticipated severe weather threat.

"We're monitoring the weather closely and asking residents to do the same," said Mayor Broome. "Please be careful when traveling this afternoon and evening."

She also recommended that residents check on neighbors and friends; make sure flashlights and weather radios are in working condition and continue to monitor weather forecasts throughout the day.

Governor Edwards has activated the state's emergency operations center in Baton Rouge where they'll monitor the severe weather overnight.

The governor called this an "extremely dangerous weather event" and urged people to stay off the roads during the storm.

"Stay home, and don't go out to survey any damage on your own. You're just going to put your own life at risk and, potentially, you're going to cause first responders to put their lives at risk unnecessarily," Governor Edwards said during his press conference.

Edwards reminded people of the strong tornado that hit New Orleans back in February. He said that many of those victims believed their lives were saved by alerts from the National Weather Service and local media that were sent to them on their phones.

"I can tell you from experience on February 7 with the strongest tornado ever to touch down in the New Orleans area. There was damage to some 800 structures, there of them were totally destroyed of had large levels of damage. Nobody was killed and people told me over and over; the phone is what makes the difference."

Governor Edwards urged everyone to leave their phones on tonight and keep them charged and close by at all times throughout this weather event.


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