Governor John Bel Edwards held his first briefing on Nate and said they do anticipate that Louisiana will take a direct hit when it makes landfall. He says the state is prepared, but people need to pay attention.
"Because the waters in the Gulf of Mexico remain extremely warm, there is potential for this storm to intensify very quickly," said Edwards.
Edwards says Nate is expected to impact the area early Sunday morning, as either a strong tropical storm, or category one hurricane. He says that could change at anytime, and he encourages residents to monitor the updates, and follow directions you're given from local authorities.
"The bottom line is that you need to be where you want to be, and in the posture you want to be, by 8pm on Saturday," said Edwards.
Edwards says he has asked President Donald Trump to declare a pre-landfall state of emergency in Louisiana. He says we can expect tropical storm force winds in beginning late Saturday in the southeastern portion of the state, with some areas feeling hurricane force winds.
"I have authorized 1300 National Guard troops to mobilize ahead of this storm, and we will position 15 National Guard troops to assist the city of New Orleans to monitor pumps," said Edwards.