At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Governor Bobby Jindal outlined the current state of preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac. Highlights:
• There is a Declaration of Emergency at the State Level
• The following 15 parishes are under a hurricane watch: Orleans, St. Bernard, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, St Charles, Lafayette, Terrebonne, St. James, St. John, Livingston, Assumption, Ascension, Tangipahoa and Washington.
• People living in low lying areas outside levee protection in the affected parishes should begin a voluntary evacuation now; there may be a mandatory evacuation tomorrow.
• Dont be too fixated on the center of the cone of uncertainty. 1 out of 3 times, the actual landfall is outside the projected cone.
• Regardless of track, Isaac is likely to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.
• Tidal surge could be 7 to 10 feet in coastal Mississippi, 5 to 10 feet in southeastern Lousiana, 4-8 feet at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and 4 to 6 feet in Lake Ponchartrain.
• Tide levels are already foot higher through Monday due to normal conditions.
• States of Emergency have been declared in Plaquemines, Jeffersson, St. Charles and Orleans parishes.
• State Police are using air assets to monitor evacuation routes.
Click here to listen to the entirety of Governor Jindal's news conference: