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Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

Beta's forecast as of 10 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020.
Beta's forecast as of 10 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020.(KNOE)
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 12:02 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - On Monday, Sept. 21, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana.

The news comes as Tropical Storm Beta nears landfall along the Texas coast, which is expected to happen sometime late Monday or early Tuesday as a tropical storm, he said. The storm’s path currently has it off the coast of Texas in the northwestern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. After it makes landfall, it is expected to swing back toward Louisiana.

“Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline and the slow movement of Tropical Storm Beta puts southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding today through Wednesday or Thursday,” Gov. Edwards said. “Storm surge of one to four feet is expected across the Texas and Louisiana coast tonight through Wednesday or Thursday. This could be especially problematic in areas that are already recovering from Hurricane Laura and residents should take this threat seriously.”

Click here to read the emergency declaration. Here’s more from the governor’s office.

During this event, the National Weather Service indicates the state could be impacted by tidal surge, flooding and a slight risk of tornadic activity. Water is already crossing some coastal routes. Please remember to avoid driving on flooded roadways. If you have placed debris from Hurricane Laura along roadways for pickup, please make sure it is not blocking drainage systems while the threat of Beta exists.

As a reminder, a list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the www.getagameplan.org website. Here are some examples of what you and your family may need in the event you must evacuate or shelter in place:

  • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • An extra pair of glasses
  • Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Listen to conversations on all aspects of emergency management by downloading GOHSEP’s The Get A Game Plan Podcast. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App.  It is free for basic service.  The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type of emergency. You can download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.

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