BATON ROUGE, La. — Governor John Bel Edwards will address the media Monday at 3 pm on a variety of topics, but most notably the seventh tropical threat to the state in this hurricane season and the battle with the state GOP leaders over his emergency powers during the COVID pandemic.
Zeta officially became a hurricane Monday afternoon and the current projected forecast has it being the fifth storm to strike the state in the 2020 hurricane season. The state has been in the cone - the projected path - of seven such storms this season.
As Edwards tries to work on rebuilding the areas of the state that were hit by Hurricane Laura and Delta, he now prepares for yet another. Tropical storm and hurricane watches could be issued by Monday night. A strike is expected sometime Wednesday.
While Zeta is not a large storm, is not expected to get very strong and is forecast to be fast moving, it could produce power outages and almost certainly will cause some closures Wednesday.
Meanwhile Edwards is in a battle over his COVID emergency orders after members of the state legislature signed a petition that says he must end the order for a period of 7 days.
Edwards does not believe the order has teeth and plans to challenge it through legal channels.
He called the move "irresponsible" during a Friday press conference.
Louisiana is currently in Phase 3 of the reopening after coronavirus and has some of the lowest positivity rates and case numbers in the nation. Edwards says his orders, which include a mask mandate, are the reason and that removing them could send the state spiraling back into dark COVID times like much of the rest of the nation is currently seeing.