School systems in the New Orleans area are closed tomorrow, as the area braces for a storm forecast to come ashore in Mississippi tomorrow night. See a list from the Advocate here.
As of 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, there are no closures reported anywhere in Acadiana related to the weather. West St. Mary High School and Boudreaux Middle School are closed because of an air conditioner break-down. All other St. Mary Parish Schools are open.
Also, Jeff Davis Parish Schools are closed Tuesday because of a teacher professional development day.
Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference yesterday to address the potential effects of the storm on the state. Edwards said he is activating 200 National Guardsmen on Tuesday in case they’re needed. He’s also signed the emergency declaration necessary for federal paperwork.
Here’s his press conference:
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Monday afternoon that the city has the pumps and power ready to handle Tropical Storm Gordon’s rains and that decisions about possibly closing city offices and public schools will come Tuesday, our media partners at The Advocate report.
A voluntary evacuation has been issued for vulnerable areas outside the levee protection system, including Irish Bayou, Lake Catherine and Venetian Isles, Cantrell said.
Cantrell held a press conference today to provide information about the city’s plans: