With the threat of a hurricane making a Louisiana landfall this weekend, city officials in Grand Isle have issued a state of emergency and called for a voluntary evacuation as of Thursday morning.
A possible category 1 Hurricane Nate is forecast to enter the Gulf Saturday and make a quick landfall Sunday morning.
Anyone with vehicles, boats or campers in low areas are asked to bring them to higher areas. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 5 inches are possible combined with tides higher than usual by 2 to 5 feet.
All pumps are functional in Grand Isle and back-up pumps from Jefferson Parish are on standby.
Grand Isle School will also be closed Friday and Monday and this weekend's Grand Isle Ladies Fishing Rodeo has been rescheduled for next weekend.
As of Thursday afternoon, Nate was moving across northeastern Nicaragua as a tropical storm.
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