Tropical Storm Harvey is triggering flooding in parts of Louisiana but the storm is having less of an impact than expected. At a news briefing, Governor John Bel Edwards said 37 parishes have declared disasters, but overall the state – quote – "has fared much better than we thought might have been the case."
Harvey made landfall over southwestern Louisiana early yesterday packing 45-mile-an-hour winds, heavy rain and triggering coastal flooding. Hundreds of Louisiana roads have standing water and I-10 westbound is closed at the state's border with Texas due to heavy flooding. Edwards cautioned residents not to let their guard down, saying it will be another 24 hours or so before the storm tracks to the northeast and exits the state.
“We’ve been through this and we’ve seen it,” Gov. Edwards offered. “We’ve been through all that and so we’re going to comfort the people and so we need to keep the people of Louisiana and more importantly the people of Texas in our prayers.”