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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about then-Hurricane Harvey on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Update, 8 a.m. Monday

President Donald Trump has approved a request for a federal emergency declaration for five parishes in southwest Louisiana. Read the latest here

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's governor is asking President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration for Louisiana since forecasters expect Harvey to cause significant damage in the state.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he sent a letter to the White House requesting the initial disaster declaration for five parishes in southwest Louisiana, and could add more areas to the request later.

Edwards said life-saving efforts such as search and rescue and shelters will be needed, especially in southwest Louisiana where forecasters say 10 to 20 inches of rain could fall.

Harvey, the more fearsome hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, came ashore late Friday about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. The slow-moving storm has caused catastrophic flooding in Texas.