UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 2020
Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference today addressing Hurricane Delta. Edwards says Delta will hit Louisiana as a category 2 storm.
Louisiana coast is expected to see strong wind forces and storm surges.
Lafayette, still recovering from Hurricane Laura could see heightened damage.
UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. Oct. 8, 2020
Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference shortly after LSU announced its closure, giving Louisianans more information on the approaching storm.
Edwards informed the public that Hurricane Delta is expected to become a Category 3 storm by Friday morning and that President Trump approved his request for a federal emergency declaration.
He also said that it appears that the storm is weakening as it approaches the coast, but it will still be dangerous.
Meteorologist Benjamin Schott with the National Weather Service in New Orleans said that Southwest Louisiana is likely to be where the storm arrives.
Schott also said that this area is likely to take significant wind damage.
The governor went on to say that mandatory evacuations are in place for Iberia, Jefferson, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermillion Parishes. Busses from the Department of Transportation have been prepared to evacuate citizens from varying parishes.
As Hurricane Delta nears, keep up with Tiger TV for the latest information.
LSU will be closed on Friday, Oct. 9 in response to Hurricane Delta.
All in-person and virtual activities and classes scheduled for Friday have been cancelled. The closure also includes on-campus COVID-19 testing locations.
LSU residence halls, dining halls and on-campus apartments will remain open.
Students living on-campus are expected to shelter in place and remain indoors.
Students and faculty should keep an eye on their LSU email for further updates from the university.