Edwards Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Gordon

Torrential Rains Bring Historic Floods To Southern Louisiana

The state of Louisiana is bracing for Tropical Storm Gordon.

In a news conference Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says the state is taking all measures necessary to ensure the state is prepared for the storm, including signing a state of emergency proclamation.

Edwards says state and federal resources are being made available as the storm closes in on the region.

WATCH: Governor Updates Gordon Preps Monday
WATCH: Governor Updates Gordon Preps Monday
Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state officials held a press conference Monday afternoon.

The governor said the storm is still very much of a threat because of possible storm surge, strong winds and heavy rains and he's encouraging locals to develop a plan for how they will weather the storm.

Edwards' counterpart in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant, has also declared a state of emergency. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has sent some of its people to the coast to serve as liaisons to the state agency.

Weather experts predict Tropical Storm Gordon will be a hurricane by the time it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast this week. 

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