BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards warned residents of south Louisiana to prepare for Hurricane Delta, no matter where they live, during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Gov. Edwards said residents should start preparing for a major hurricane now regardless of where they live in relation to landfall projections. The governor and the director of the National Weather Service’s New Orleans field office both echoed that Delta is guaranteed to affect Louisiana.
See the governor’s full comments in the video below.
Gov. Edwards announced just before 2 p.m. that he had declared a state of emergency for the state in anticipation of Hurricane Delta making landfall in south Louisiana later in the week.
Tuesday morning, Hurricane Delta strengthened into a Category 4 storm and is forecast to make landfall overnight Friday, potentially as a major hurricane.
“Hurricane Delta is an incredibly dangerous storm that will bring heavy winds, rain and life threatening flooding and storm surge to coastal Louisiana. Everyone in South Louisiana should pay close attention to the weather in the coming days and heed the advice and directions of their local officials. Now is the time to make preparations for Delta’s impacts,” Gov. Edwards said. “All of Louisiana’s coast is in the tracking cone, and we are well aware that impacts can be felt outside of the track.”
“We have seen an active hurricane season already, with a devastating hit in Southwest Louisiana from Hurricane Laura. It would be a mistake for anyone in Louisiana to let down their guard. Be prepared,” Gov. Edwards said.
“As decisions are made over the next day or two about evacuations we will keep you updated. Obviously it goes without saying, those areas outside the protected areas in coastal Louisiana are most at risk, but we encourage everyone to be weather aware,” said Gov. Edwards.
“Though there is the possibly of a weakening as we mentioned earlier, I don’t think we should keep that as something that we think is going to limit the possibility of damage or the threat to life,” said Benhamin Schott, with the National Weather Service.
“This season has been relentless in fact since early March, it just seems like one thing after another. But the fact of the matter is we don’t get to pick and choose. This is the hand that we’ve been dealt. But we could decide is how we play our hand and we have to start playing it right now,” said Gov. Edwards.
To read the governor’s emergency order, click here.
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