A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida.
The declaration is considered a precaution allowing for state resources to be used for emergency or disaster situations. Officials said the Louisiana National Guard and state Wildlife and Fisheries have been placed on high alert, with equipment and personnel available if necessary. State troopers in southeast Louisiana are also on alert.
Coastal stretches of southeast Louisiana, particularly areas outside levee protection, are the main concern. Forecasts indicate those areas could see winds, rains and high tides that could create localized flooding.