Louisiana Monitoring Potential Tropical Disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico
BATON ROUGE (August 9, 2010) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is closely monitoring a system of low pressure entering the Gulf of Mexico that could develop into a tropical system later this week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) says Southeast Louisiana is expected to get several inches of rain over the next few days as a result of severe weather. As part of the Governor's Unified Command Group meeting on the oil spill today, the NWS briefed Governor Jindal and state agency heads on the system Monday afternoon.
"Our agencies are on alert for severe weather impacting our state mid-week, though the chance of a tropical storm forming is only 30 percent. However, even if this system does not intensify, we still should expect to see severe weather across Southeast Louisiana over the next few days," said GOHSEP Director Mark Cooper. "Louisiana residents should monitor local weather conditions and heed any warning issued by local officials."
Cooper added, "We are entering into the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season and we know the best way to protect our families from harm is to plan well before tropical weather strikes. Families should visit www.getagameplan.org to find out how they can protect themselves, their homes and their pets in the event that a hurricane strikes Louisiana this year."
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