Government officials urge vigilance and awareness into the overnight hours

Government officials urge vigilance and awareness into the overnight hours

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome urge the public to be aware of the continued threat of severe weather Sunday night.

Several areas have reported problems ranging from hail, lightning, and flash flooding to wind and tornado damage. Parishes have reported widespread power outages and trees blocking roadways during the course of the day. These types are problems are expected to continue in other parts of the state until Monday morning.

The National Weather Service indicates flooding will being to be the biggest problem in southwest Louisiana as the wind and tornado threat decreases.

A modified State Unified Command Group made up of several state agencies will meet with Gov. Edwards at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 3 to assess damage and address any new concerns.

Mayor Broome urges residents to stay vigilant throughout the evening and the overnight hours.

"We have been monitoring the situation very closely and will continue to do so throughout the night and into the early morning hours," Mayor Broome said. "We want our citizens to know their safety is our number one concern and we are on standby if anything changes."

The Mayor recommends citizens keep their phones charged and nearby, and monitor weather forecast throughout the night. Gov. Edwards had the same to say in a press conference held earlier today, reminding citizens that alerts sent to cell phones saved countless lives during the tornadoes in New Orleans back in February.

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