Jul 182019
 

Firefighters battle the blaze at Unity-1 Salon in Broadmoor, March 22, 2019 (NOFD photo via Twitter)

Four New Orleans Police officers were fired Wednesday in connection with a March car chase that ended with the suspect’s vehicle crashing into a Broadmoor salon and starting a fire that killed three people, after an internal investigation revealed “multiple policy violations” and a pattern of unauthorized pursuits, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jul 132019
 

A tree lies on its side Friday morning in Audubon Park as rain clouds fill the sky overhead. The city has responded to 47 tree emergencies related to Barry. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Barry made landfall today as a Category 1 and then weakened to a tropical storm, the mayor and other city officials told residents to stay the course because the worst may be yet to come.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for New Orleans.

“To quote the Weather Service, this is just a really weird storm,” City Council President Helena Moreno said during a Saturday press conference. “But because of that, it could be building. Later tonight, we could feel a bigger impact. Don’t let your guard down yet.” Continue reading »

Jul 132019
 

The rain forecast for New Orleans was reduced slightly to about 6 inches. (National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Barry was a “big swath of moisture” about 50 miles from Morgan City at 7 a.m. on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center reported as New Orleanians woke up to mostly calm skies. The slow-moving system was expected to come ashore as a Category 1 hurricane at mid-morning. Continue reading »

Jul 122019
 

The rainfall prediction as of Friday at 4 p.m. showed about 10 inches for New Orleans. (National Hurricane Center)

From the Mayor’s Office

Beginning this evening — stay home. That’s what city officials have been telling New Orleanians as te city remains under a tropical storm warning and Tropical Storm Barry threatens to turn into a Category 1 hurricane.

“We are focusing on 8 p.m. this evening, asking people to stay at home and shelter in place,” Mayor Cantrell said. “Have commodities and supplies to last you an upward of 72 hours. We are continuing to monitor heavy rainfall, storm surge and levels of the Mississippi River.” Continue reading »

Jul 122019
 

* DO NOT FORGET THE ICE *

Photo Credit: Chris Granger

No matter the crisis, New Orleanians never lose their sense of humor or their wry sense of irony; the world might end, but if possible, we plan to go out smiling.

Whether a Cat 3, Armageddon, the zombie apocalypse or New Orleans’ version of the same – a levee breach – locals know how to prepare. And until the bitter end, that preparation includes a box of chicken, a cocktail — and maybe a party. Continue reading »

Jul 112019
 

Tropical Storm Barry churns in the Gulf. New Orleans can expect to feel Barry’s impact as early as Friday morning. (National Hurricane Center)

From the Mayor’s Office

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the New Orleans area. The city continues to prepare for Tropical Storm Barry, which is likely to impact the New Orleans area as early as Friday morning and through Sunday.

“Heed every single warning coming from the City of New Orleans. We have to be prepared for all impacts,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. “Gather your supplies, secure your property and make preparations to shelter in place.” Continue reading »

Jul 112019
 

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to strengthen to a hurricane before coming ashore in Louisiana on Saturday. (image via National Hurricane Center)

The disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has formed into Tropical Storm Barry and is expected to bring storm surge, heavy rainfall and wind hazards to the Louisiana coast over the next several days, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday in its 10 a.m. update. The projected track has shifted to the east and includes New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jul 102019
 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency due to the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service has indicated that Tropical Storm or Hurricane Barry will form in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Tropical Invest 92L, and will likely produce heavy rainfall, flash flooding, coastal and river flooding, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, expected to arrive Thursday, July 11.

National Hurricane Center

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