In A Flash

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta

By: - September 21, 2020 4:35 pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sept. 21 in advance of Tropical Storm Beta’s expected landfall on the Texas coast Monday night.

Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline, and the storm’s slow movement puts Southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding Monday through Wednesday or Thursday, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Storm surge of one to four feet is expected across the Texas and Louisiana coast tonight through Wednesday or Thursday,” Edwards said in a press release. “This could be especially problematic in areas that are already recovering from Hurricane Laura and residents should take this threat seriously.”

This is the fourth state of emergency Louisiana has declared during this year’s hurricane season, and the third in the past 30 days. Shauna Sanford, a spokesperson for the governor, said Louisianans have to remember “we’re still at the height of the season.”

“(Gov. Edwards) has spoken several times before about how active this hurricane season is,” Sanford said. “That is why everyone needs to be especially vigilant and pay attention to local officials and forecasts.

Hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30, 2020.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.