Latest on Potential Tropical Development
The City of New Orleans continues to prepare for impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, which is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm by late Thursday. This system has the potential to impact parts of southeastern Louisiana.
“Heed every single warning that comes from the City of New Orleans. Be prepared for the impacts. This is the time to help us clear debris. We are monitoring levels of the Mississippi River. We are monitoring the potential threat of a Tropical Cyclone Two," Mayor Cantrell said. "It is still too soon to tell what the impact will be, but we believe there will be an impact. It is never too early to prepare.”
The National Weather Service expects possible impacts to include heavy rain, higher than normal tides, gusty winds, and coastal flooding. These impacts are anticipated as early as Thursday evening through Sunday. Rainfall totals are currently predicted in the eight- to 10-inch range in New Orleans through Monday, which could lead to street flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m., Saturday, July 13.
Due to the potential for storm surge, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Mississippi River including the New Orleans area through Saturday, July 13. The river could crest at 20 feet Friday into Saturday. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority is closing flood gates along the river, all of which will be closed by Thursday evening. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for areas outside of the levee system in Orleans Parish, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, and Irish Bayou.
City Hall, the New Orleans Libraries, New Orleans Recreation Development facilities, and all administrative City agencies will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Residents encouraged to prepare for rain and review hurricane plans
Gather emergency supplies
- Non-perishable food for 3 days
- 3 gallons of water per person
- Week’s supply of prescription medications
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- Matches or lighter
- First Aid Kit
- Radio (battery operated or hand crank)
- Books & games
Clean your property and street
- Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Sweep, bag, and throw away leaves and debris from in front of catch basins.
- Call 3-1-1 to report catch basins that are not functioning.
- Do not lift a catch basin lid or insert anything into a catch basin.
Stay connected and pay attention
- Sign up for NOLA Ready Emergency Alerts. Text your zip code to 888777 or go to ready.nola.gov/alerts.
- Follow @nolaready on social media.
- See updates on ready.nola.gov