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Louisiana issues state of emergency ahead of potential hurricane that could make landfall in the state this weekend.

PortandTerminal.com, July 9, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA – A storm system in the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday, the National Weather Service says. The Mississippi River at New Orleans forecast to crest at its highest level since 1927 this weekend.

The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency today at 1:56 pm local time. Coastal parts of Texas including Houston are expected to be badly hit as well.

The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 90% chance of developing into a tropical depression or greater within the next couple of days.

The latest precipitation outlook from the NOAA Weather Prediction Center calls for rainfall that could produce dangerous and life-threatening flooding in the Gulf Coast region. The slow march of the storm and rainfall totals potentially reaching nearly a foot or more are a recipe for disastrous flooding.

“No one should take this storm lightly. As we know all too well in Louisiana, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact.”

John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana

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