Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Beta

Rain from T.S. Beta to Become Widespread Today. Isolated Threat for Flooding This Week... Timing and Overview: Showers and thunderstorms associated with Tropical Storm Beta will quickly become widespread across the area today. Beta will landfall early Tuesday morning and will drift northeast into Central Louisiana by Thursday. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will persist for much of this week before gradually diminishing from west to east starting on Thursday.

Baton Rouge —  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta, which could impact Louisiana in the coming days, allowing the state to assist local governments with their response needs.

The National Weather Service has indicated that Tropical Storm Beta, which is currently located off the coast of Texas in the northwestern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall near the middle Texas coast late Monday or early Tuesday as a tropical storm.

“Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline and the slow movement of Tropical Storm Beta puts southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding today through Wednesday or Thursday,” Gov. Edwards said. “Storm surge of one to four feet is expected across the Texas and Louisiana coast tonight through Wednesday or Thursday. This could be especially problematic in areas that are already recovering from Hurricane Laura and residents should take this threat seriously.”

Click here to read the emergency declaration.

During this event, the National Weather Service indicates the state could be impacted by tidal surge, flooding and a slight risk of tornadic activity. Water is already crossing some coastal routes. Please remember to avoid driving on flooded roadways. If you have placed debris from Hurricane Laura along roadways for pickup, please make sure it is not blocking drainage systems while the threat of Beta exists.

As a reminder, a list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the website. Here are some examples of what you and your family may need in the event you must evacuate or shelter in place:

  • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • An extra pair of glasses
  • Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water