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Gov. Edwards anticipates Zeta will mainly be a wind event for southeast La.; files lawsuit in defense of public health emergency

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 8:36 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 4:02 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is preparing for impacts from Hurricane Zeta, which will likely make landfall in the southeastern part of the state Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Gov. Edwards says the biggest threat from Zeta appears to be from hurricane-force winds. Forecasters anticipate about two to four inches of rainfall across the state from Zeta, but the governor said rainfall totals could be higher in certain areas.

The governor said his administration is currently coordinating with local officials in southeast Louisiana to prepare for the storm.

Gov. Edwards has already declared a state of emergency ahead of Zeta, the eighth emergency declaration he has signed this year. He urged residents to pay close attention to Zeta’s forecast and continue to practice COVID-19 prevention measures.

The governor also announced his administration has filed a lawsuit in the state’s 19th Judicial District Court in defense of his COVID-19 public health emergency proclamation.

A group of 64 Republican House legislators signed a petition Friday, Oct. 23 that overturns his COVID-19 restrictions, including his statewide mask mandate.

Gov. Edwards claims the petition is unconstitutional because one chamber of the legislature cannot overturn a public health emergency declared by the governor.

He also says he is not currently violating any laws because he cannot violate a law that is unconstitutional.

To read the lawsuit filed by the governor’s administration, click here.

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