Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana Wednesday morning in anticipation of flash flooding and severe weather from Tropical Storm Cindy.
“All arms of the state’s emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianians throughout the state to do so as well,” Edwards said in a news release.
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwest Louisiana early Thursday.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is working in 24-hour operations and is partnering with state and local agencies to provide assistance to residents in need, Edwards said. Edwards also asked citizens to do all they need to prepare for the worst while "praying for the best," he said.
Edwards will further address Tropical Storm Cindy at a press conference at noon.
The storm continues to move toward the Gulf Coast, where heavy rainfall and “life-threatening flash flooding” remain the biggest threats, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical Storm Cindy weakened slightly Wednesday morning, bringing the cancellation of the tropical storm warning for parts of the the gulf coast, including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, even as officials across the southern part of the state remained on watch for heavy rain and wind.