August 5, 2008

Texas, Louisiana Prepare As Edouard Approaches

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- Residents along the Texas and Louisiana coasts prepared Monday for Tropical Storm Edouard, which was rolling through the warm waters of the Gulf and threatening to reach near- hurricane strength before making landfall.

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a statewide emergency, and two communities in the western part of the state, Vermilion Parish and Cameron Parish, asked thousands of residents to evacuate low-lying coastal areas that are prone to flooding. The storm was expected to hit this morning anywhere from western Louisiana to Port O'Connor, Texas.

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