Louisiana Declares State Of Emergency As Tropical Storm Debby Approaches
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Debby moves into the states low-lying coastal areas.
The move to declare a state of emergency is a bureaucratic move that will allow officials to quickly offer supplies and workers to any areas that are hit by the storm and require disaster assistance.
While Debby is moving slowly through the Gulf of Mexico is has already dumped plenty of water on Florida. It is not clear where the tropical storm will touch down although current models believe it will reach hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Louisiana coastline.
On Sunday morning the National Hurricane Center in Miami pinpointed Debby at about 190 miles (310 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The storms winds recently increased to 60 mph while moving at speeds up to 6 mph.
Along with downpours the storm system has also been linked to one tornado which touched down in southwest Florida.
Forecasters predict that Tropical Storm Debby could dump up to 10 inches of water along the coast while reaching hurricane strength over the next several days. In some isolated areas up to 15 inches of rain could be witnessed.
Debby is the fourth tropical storm to touch down before July 1, setting a new record based on record keeping which began in 1851.
As reported earlier today tropical storm Debby has caused 8 percent of the areas oil and gas production facilities to suspend production.
Residents in Louisiana are urged to follow all evacuation and other safety warnings issued by state officials.