Debby Threat To Louisiana Lessens
(From Nathan Pike, KPEL) — The National Hurricane Center has adjusted the forecast track for Tropical Storm Debby, providing residents in southern Louisiana with some relief.
Forecasters now predict Debby will track to the north over the next couple days, eventually making landfall along the Florida panhandle. The latest update had the storm positioned about 205 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.
Earlier today, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency as forecast tracks at the time had Debby making landfall in Louisiana, slowly tracking west across the southern portion of the state.
State Police held a command briefing in Baton Rouge this afternoon to discuss the storm. Though Debby does not for the time being present an immediate threat to Louisiana, troopers still suggest making a personal and/or family plan by putting together the following items:
· Extra batteries in needed/various sizes
· Battery-Powered radio and lantern
· Bottled water (at least three gallons per person)
· Canned food and non-electric can opener
· First Aid Kit and essential medications
· Personal Items (clothes, rain gear, compass, tape, garbage bags, toiletries)
· Personal Identification and other important documents
· Evacuation route maps
· Remember to protect family, pets, home and valuables.