Gov. Edwards leads emergency planning meeting in New Orleans

Tropical system a threat to Hard Rock Hotel response efforts

Don Ames
October 17, 2019 - 7:25 pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his cabinet members met with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her team Thursday concerning the ongoing response efforts with the Hard Rock Hotel collapse and the possible threat from Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service provided the latest forecast information regarding a disturbance in the southwest Gulf of Mexico, which could develop more as it moves north.

State and city officials are preparing for potential impacts to the area where the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed during construction. The tropical threat could lead to heavy rain, higher tides and gusty winds in certain areas along the northern Gulf Coast region.

“The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has activated its Crisis Action Team due to the unique situation we face going into the weekend,” said Gov. Edwards. “Forecasts, for the moment, indicate we will likely see a tropical system develop in the gulf, while we stand ready to support the city with its recovery and response to the hotel collapse. Until we know the exact track of the storm and the potential impact areas, it is important for everyone to stay informed and prepare now.  Hopefully most of the severe weather will remain south of Louisiana, but we must stand ready in case the conditions change.”

"As we said yesterday, we have moved from rescue to recovery, and with that we are using recources provided by the Governor's Office, the National Guard, State Police, and other local and state entities to proceed," said Mayor Cantrell. "We are proud of the support that our city has shown to the victims and their families. We ask for everyone to remain aware of any developments concerning both the site and whatever weather the tropical distrubance may bring to the area."

The National Hurricane Center has reported an 80 percent chance of development. It is expected to make landfall early Saturday based on current conditions. 

GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team is activated to monitor any requests for support from parish emergency management offices. GOHSEP will continue to provide updated information to state and local partners while the threat remains current.

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