Latest forecasts show Louisiana could be spared from the worst of Tropical Storm Gordon, which is projected to become a category 1 hurricane before making landfall Tuesday night along Mississippi's Gulf coast.
Still, Governor Edwards is urging residents to remain cautious of the storm, “while all of the changes in the track have generally been in our favor, as I mentioned, we still have some nasty weather headed our way.”
High winds and heavy rain remain a concern, especially in St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
A tropical storm warning has been lifted for areas west of the mouth of the Mississippi River, including Baton Rouge. The tropical storm warning still covers towns located east of the mouth of the Mississippi River and over to the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
Rainfall totals are forecast between 4-8 inches over the next three days, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect.
350 national guard troops have been deployed across the state. Highwater vehicles and boats are placed in southeast Louisiana. Resources are also being deployed to northeast Louisiana where the storm is expected to track next.