Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of severe storms that spawned destructive tornados and pockets of flooding.

Gov. Edwards arrives in Alexandria 4/3/17 (KALB)

Edwards signed the statewide declaration Monday before embarking on a trip to survey storm damage in Rapides and St. Martin parishes.

Edwards met with emergency officials in Alexandria, where the storm system damaged homes and buildings and knocked down power lines.

He also plans to conduct a briefing with local officials in St. Martin Parish, where a tornado Sunday flipped a mobile home over in Breaux Bridge and killed a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.