Trump approves federal declaration due to Barry

Photo Source: New Orleans Fire Department / MGN

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast.

The declaration late Thursday authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had asked the Trump administration in a letter earlier Thursday that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed.

Edwards said it is necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.

Forecasters said the storm is likely to become a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall.

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