Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Louisiana
In the wake of two powerful back-to-back storms headed for Louisiana, President Trump has approved Emergency Disaster Declaration for the state of Louisiana beginning August 22, 2020.
Louisiana is in the center of hurricane warning cones for Hurricane Marco and soon to be Hurricane Laura, both simultaneously aimed for Louisiana early next week. Evacuation plans have already been issued by officials for south of the I-10 corridor.
FEMA announced in an email, federal aid for the state has been granted by the President. to provide funds for state, local, tribal and territorial response efforts.
President Trump said,
This is somewhat unprecedented, the scope of the storms and also the fact that they come so quickly after one another, both storms have the potential of gathering strength before they make landfall and could cause significant damage".
The current forecast track takes Hurricane Marco toward the south Louisiana coast late in the day Monday and weakening to a strong tropical storm as it makes landfall. Tropical Storm Laura is then expected to strengthen to hurricane status once she gets into the Gulf of Mexico.