Governor Edwards: Expect a Category 1 hurricane Saturday

Chris Miller
July 11, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards today said the state is preparing a category one hurricane to hit the state sometime Saturday.

"This is going to be a major weather event for a huge portion of the state," said Edwards. "The more information we get, the more concerned we are it's going to be an extreme rain event."

Edwards said making things trickier is that the state has never had a tropical weather event at the same time as the Mississippi River is near flood stage. 

"We're looking at storm surge of three to four feet lasting 12 hours around the Mississippi River," said Edwards.

But Edwards said there was good news in the river forecast, that now expects the river to reach a height of 19 feet, instead of 20. And Chip Kline, chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, says all the models they have run do not anticipate overtopping of any levees in the New Orleans area.

"We do not anticipate any levees along the Mississippi River being overtopped," said Kline. "We do not anticipate any levees within the hurricane protection system. around the greater New Orleans area being overtopped."

Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard says they are mobilizing up to 3,000 Guardsman, assisting with evacuations and levee operations. After the storm, he said their most important job will be search and rescue.

"We'll do security operations, we'll have commodities set up, we'll be assisting with shelter operations and evacuations," said Curtis.

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