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Trump issues emergency declaration for Harvey in Louisiana

Trump issues emergency declaration for Harvey in Louisiana”

The storm could linger for days and unload as much as 40 inches (100 centimeters) of rain on cities including Houston. Several refineries in the USA state of Texas have shut because of the storm, halting fuel production and causing gasoline prices to rise.

The National Weather Service radar for the Lake Charles area early Monday was lit up in orange and red where heavy rains from one of Harvey's outer bands streamed from the Gulf of Mexico onto the Louisiana coast. But the mandatory evacuation for parts of Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana has been lifted by local authorities, Steele said.

State officials said significant lifesaving efforts such as search and rescue, transportation to shelters, logistical support, and shelter operations will be particularly needed in parts of southwest Louisiana and can be supported by the federal government with an emergency declaration.

"We have to continue to be patient and wait for the forecast to develop as it relates to a direct impact on Louisiana", Edwards said during a press conference in Calcasieu Parish.

But, Long warned, Harvey presents a dynamic situation, and "every number we put out right now is going to change in 30 minutes". Harvey has since weakened back into a tropical storm, but the threat of heavy rain looms over Louisiana.

South-central Louisiana was devastated by an unnamed flood in August 2016, which Edwards called the "third largest disaster in the country's history". "But there is some precedent for this happening - I think it was Allison?" he said.

During a White House briefing Friday, a spokesman expressed confidence in the preparations in Louisiana. Sandy also said that the shelter is now out of cots and waiting for more to arrive.

"It's unlikely, but possible", Wheeler said. The governor's spokesman Richard Carbo said in a text message that the state had sent 10 agents, 10 trucks and 10 boats.

"Texas is in store for a big storm that's going to be devastating", Edwards said.



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