Louisiana is in the midst of its second wave of Hurricane Matthew, which is set to hit the Gulf Coast on Friday, making landfall on the Louisiana coast and then moving inland.
The National Weather Service issued a warning on Friday morning, warning that Matthew was expected to dump rain, wind gusts and coastal flooding in the state.
This means that as of this writing, the number of people in the greater Baton Rouge area experiencing flash flooding was at 835, with the Louisiana governor’s office estimating that as many as 10,000 people could be displaced.
More than 200,000 homes were destroyed by the hurricane last year.
Matthew is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in over a decade, with winds up to 145 miles per hour, and rainfall of up to three inches in some parts.
The region also has a high prevalence of the coronavirus, with 1,637 confirmed cases, according to the state’s department of health.
In the wake of the storm, Gov.
John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in many parts of the state, and he urged residents to evacuate.
The governor has also declared a federal disaster under the federal Clean Water Act, and a state-run health emergency in some areas of the country.
A national emergency has been declared in New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
The New York City borough of Queens has been designated a disaster area.
The Texas coast is bracing for a hurricane, with a strong wind gust of 110 mph expected on Friday.
In southern Louisiana, heavy rain and gusty winds are expected for the next several days, with coastal flooding expected.
Matthew has also been linked to several hurricanes on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s still too early to tell if that will be the case this time around.
Matthew’s strongest winds, however, are expected to come from the northeast and center of the Gulf, according the National Weather Services.
The storm is expected to continue to move across the Gulf and make landfall in the region on Friday afternoon, according NOAA.
It’s possible that Matthew could produce some damaging winds and flooding, but that is not expected to be the entire storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Matthew will be “moving north-northwest into the Gulf on Friday night and then heading northeast to the northwest,” and the hurricane center says it will be a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph.