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TS Harvey makes landfall in LA early Wednesday

Governor John Bel Edwards activated the Louisiana National Guard Monday, sending about 210 soldiers to assist with disaster response after Hurricane Harvey  brought flooding to Southwest Louisiana over the weekend. (Source: WAFB) Governor John Bel Edwards activated the Louisiana National Guard Monday, sending about 210 soldiers to assist with disaster response after Hurricane Harvey brought flooding to Southwest Louisiana over the weekend. (Source: WAFB)
A rescue worker carries a child who had been walking alone through flood waters carrying his small dog. (Source: KTRK/CNN) A rescue worker carries a child who had been walking alone through flood waters carrying his small dog. (Source: KTRK/CNN)
An aerial view of flooding in Houston. (Source: Aaron Cohan via CNN) An aerial view of flooding in Houston. (Source: Aaron Cohan via CNN)
As of Monday, LANG has issued more than 1,152 MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat), 750 bottles of water and 247,000 sandbags. (Source: Louisiana National Guard) As of Monday, LANG has issued more than 1,152 MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat), 750 bottles of water and 247,000 sandbags. (Source: Louisiana National Guard)
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Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana, early Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported.

So far roughly 500 people have been rescued in Louisiana from high water caused by Harvey. 

However, most of the rescue efforts have been concentrated in Texas. Louisiana has roughly 40 people remaining in Texas to assist with search and rescue and the group the Cajun Navy is being provided fuel from the state for its volunteer effort.

Gov. Edwards also noted that President Trump is expected to visit Louisiana on Saturday, Sept. 2. 

LSU officials announced Tuesday night that Louisiana's flagship school in Baton Rouge will be closed Wednesday.

This after Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and public schools in Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes said they too will be closed due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Also closed Wednesday are state offices in 28 parishes. Among them are those in Natchitoches, Sabine and Vernon parishes.

Earlier Tuesday, officials in Natchitoches declared a parishwide state of emergency as residents lined up for sandbags to protect their property against rains expected from Tropical Storm Harvey.

On the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts and what Louisianans can expect as the storm continues to create hazardous conditions in the state.

Edwards said the storm is strengthening slightly but will not turn back into a hurricane.

He is concerned, however, that it will pick up moisture as it sits over the Gulf of Mexico, which could lead to even more rain.

The governor said Tropical Storm Harvey will continue to be a heavy rain and flood event, and he warned people to be safe and mindful of high water on roads.

During an afternoon briefing Tuesday, Edwards also said he recently spoke to President Donald Trump, who announced his intention to visit Louisiana on Saturday.

Edwards said Louisiana is offering to shelter storm victims from Texas while the state also helps its own residents who were rescued from Harvey's floodwaters overnight.

The governor said he expects Texas officials to decide within 48 hours whether to accept the offer and transport flood victims to Louisiana shelters.

One such shelter has already been opened in Shreveport

The shelter at Morning Star Baptist Church opened at 1 p.m. Tuesday, about 24 hours after Edwards first confirmed that evacuees could be sent to the Northwest Louisiana city.  

"If they need to come to Louisiana, we think the I-20 corridor is the easiest way to get them to the state, which would make those Shreveport shelters that are already set and ready the most efficient and effective to fill," the governor said. 

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has contracts with four facilities in Shreveport that are kept ready with cots, blankets, pillows," DCFS Secretary Marketa Walters said. "We're ready to always shelter in North Louisiana.

Approximately 210 soldiers were mobilized Monday with an additional 230 full-time Guardsmen later in the day.

"Being ready and in place is as important as any training that we do, and our engagements at parish level are absolutely critical," said Maj. Gen.Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG. "In anticipation of the storm's track, we continue prepositioning equipment and vehicles in potentially affected areas as well as responding to the immediate needs of today."

As of Monday, the LANG has issued more than 1,152 MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat), 750 bottles of water and 247,000 sandbags. 

Edwards announced the mobilization during a noon briefing Monday on the state's ongoing response to the threat of flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, warning that the storm is not over yet. 

Earlier Monday, President Trump approved Gov. Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration for 6 parishes in South Louisiana. 

In Texas, thousands are displaced or stranded as floodwaters continue to rise in the wake of Harvey. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard on Monday. 

He also added four counties - Angelina, Orange, Sabine and Trinity - to his state disaster declaration.

"Recovering after a catastrophe like this will be a long and difficult road, but I am committed to making sure the State of Texas is responding to the needs of victims every step of the way," Abbott said. 

"I want to reassure all Texans affected by this terrible event that they are not alone and help is on the way. As the response effort continues, this disaster declaration ensures that Texans have what they need to begin the recovery and rebuilding process."

In addition, Abbott warned Texans on Sunday about the possibility of tornadoes. 

"There will be locations today, tonight and tomorrow that will continue to have tornado action. Texans need to constantly stay watchful."

There are more than 250 highway closures and at least 316,000 people are without electricity within the impacted area, Abbott said. 

Harvey now is a tropical storm producing sustained winds of up to 45 mph and bands of torrential rain.

Parts of the middle and upper Texas coast have seen 2-3 feet of rain since Friday.

Another 1 to 2 feet will be possible by the middle of the week. Some spots could see 50" of rain by the end of it.

Harvey is producing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding.

The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center tweeted the following message:

Harvey's potential impacts on the ArkLaTex are starting to come into focus.

After the storm meanders across the Texas coast, it likely will move northward toward the ArkLaTex.

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As it moves northward, Harvey should weaken into a tropical depression.

Harvey could produce heavy rainfall across the ArkLaTex for the second half of this week.

Right now, parts of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana likely will see the most rain. Widespread rainfall totals of 3-6" plus will be possible with some isolated areas either side of Toledo Bend possible getting an additional 8 inches.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the far southern ArkLaTex through Thursday evening.

Isolated severe weather in the form of short-lived, weak, spin-up tornadoes will also be possible to the east of Harvey's track. Right now portions of northwest Louisiana and east Texas would be most susceptible to seeing these.

Keep in mind, the impacts Harvey has on the ArkLaTex will depend on the exact track it takes.

As of 12:45 p.m. Sunday, United Airlines flights between Houston and Shreveport are canceled, according to the Shreveport Regional Airport website

Likewise, United Airlines has canceled flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Houston. And Southwest Airlines has canceled flights from New Orleans to the Texas cities of Houston, Dallas and Beaumont.

And at DFW International, American Airlines has canceled some flights between Dallas and southeastern Texas, including the cities of Beaumont and Corpus Christi.

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If the storm were to move into Louisiana, it would move into central and northern Louisiana, ranging from Leesville to Shreveport.

A total of 18 parishes have declared a state of emergency and one is waiting to do so.

"This is incredibly important and extremely fast. What the presidential disaster declaration does is it immediately triggers the implementation of FEMA." 

A proclamation was issued Friday to waive hotel occupancy taxes for all evacuees and first responders, Abbott said. 

And the governor said more than 1,300 service members with the Texas Military Division have been activated. "We anticipate increasing that amount by 500 more."

On Sunday afternoon, Abbott said support is coming into Texas from throughout the county. 

Nebraska, Ohio, California, Utah, Missouri and Tennessee are among states assisting with relief efforts, he said during a briefing. 

Members of the Texarkana, Texas, Fire Department's Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Team were deployed Saturday morning to help with relief efforts.

The team headed to Harris County and will be there for at least nine days. 

Abbott asked people who are wanting to help to give through the American Red Cross by visiting the organization's website or calling toll-free at (800) RED CROSS (733-2767). 

You also can make a $10 donation to the Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999.

Texas' governor said the Red Cross is serving 130,000 meals a day to storm victims in his state. 

Louisiana's Gov. Edwards Thursday declared a state of emergency had been declared as the storm bore down on the Texas coast and forecasts indicated heavy rain for parts of Louisiana.

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