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Lafayette officials encourage voluntary evacuations

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Posted at 7:56 PM, Aug 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-23 20:56:36-04

Mayor-President Josh Guillory is encouraging residents to prepare for the effects of Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura.

A release from Guillory says he is tracking both systems and urges residents in the parish to voluntarily evacuate. Based on the latest forecast track, Hurricane Marco is expected to have minimal impact on the Acadiana area, but Tropical Storm Laura is now expected to become a category 3 hurricane. Laura has the potential to cause flooding and bring sustained hurricane-force winds which could cause extensive damage, the release states.

Residents south of I-10 should consider voluntarily evacuating, while residents south of Hwy 90 are strongly encouraged to evacuate. Residents should prepare their homes and property and gather personal belongings, including an emergency supply kit, and are encouraged to leave the area by Tuesday afternoon, the release states.