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Four States Declare ‘State of Emergency’ as Tropical Storm Nate Approaches

Four States Declare ‘State of Emergency’ as Tropical Storm Nate Approaches

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by John Binder

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Four states have declared a “state of emergency” as the Gulf Coast prepares to be hit by Tropical Storm Nate.

Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida have all declared states of emergencies in multiple counties and parishes, specifically surrounding New Orleans, where Nate is projected to make a direct hit, according to the Weather Channel.

In Louisiana, evacuations were ordered for Lafitte, St. Bernard Parish, Grande Isle, Lafourche Parish, and St. John Parish have all been issued a mandatory or voluntary evacuation by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).

“We do anticipate a direct hit in Louisiana,” Edwards told the Associated Press in a statement. “The bottom line for people is: You need to be where you want to be and in the posture you want to be by dark on Saturday.”

Edwards also announced that 1,300 National Guard troops have been ordered in Louisiana, where they will position themselves in the southeast region of the state where the tropical storm is expected to make landfall.

Additionally, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a state of emergency for 29 counties. Alabama and Mississippi’s officials followed, with at least 11 shelters in the southern region of Mississippi being opened for potential flood victims.

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