City preparing as Tropical Storm Barry bears down on New Orleans

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.”

Joe Giarrusso: What you need to know as Tropical Storm Barry approaches

District A Councilman Joe Giarrusso issued these updates and reminders as Tropical Storm Barry approaches:

As we prepare for Barry’s landfall, my staff and I have been getting updates from city, state and federal officials. Here are some important details. Forecast and track
As of the latest reports, the forecast track is moving eastward with landfall near St. Mary Parish. The current expectation, which is subject to change, is that New Orleans could get 10-15 inches of rain.

Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf; track includes New Orleans

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. The storm is moving slowly and is expected to result in days of heavy rainfall with possible hurricane conditions. It is expected to make landfall as a weak hurricane Saturday in Louisiana. Flash flooding and river flooding are likely, especially along the eastern track of the system, which includes New Orleans.

Mayor declares state of emergency due to extreme weather

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. The National Hurricane Center’s forecast track predicts Hurricane Barry, a Category 1 storm, to make landfall between Lake Charles and Lafayette. The New Orleans area is not currently included in the tropical storm watch. Cantrell said it was too early to tell whether the city will issue an evacuation order.

Morning rains bring 8 inches of water, city says; many neighborhoods report flooding

Heavy rainfall Wednesday morning brought as much as eight inches of rain to the streets in three hours, city officials said, out pacing the city’s drainage system and causing flooding across many Uptown neighborhoods from Carrollton to the Lower Garden District. Tornado and flash-flood warnings were issued throughout the morning, until the rain began clearing closer to noon. Residents shared social-media photos of kayakers on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District and Irish Channel, as well as on Freret Street, while many side streets along Carrollton Avenue were covered in water too deep to drive through safely. “Residents are asked to stay off of the roads until water recedes,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office said in a news release. “As of 11 a.m., standing water remained on many roads throughout the city and the National Weather Service extended a Flash Flood Warning through 1:45 p.m.”

Rainy weekend ahead as Gulf storm organizes, forecasters say

Heavy rain is expected in New Orleans this weekend as showers over the Florida Panhandle are moving into the Gulf of Mexico and developing into stronger storm system, the National Hurricane Center warned Tuesday morning. The storm system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico today (July 9), and could become a tropical depression Wednesday or Thursday while continuing to move west, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 6 a.m. Tuesday. “Once the system is over water, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for tropical cyclone formation,” the advisory reads. “Regardless of whether or not a tropical cyclone forms, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast later this week.” The city of New Orleans encouraged residents to be prepared for heavy rain, though the amounts will be difficult to predict until the storm organizes further.

City suspends parking restrictions as heavy rain moves into the area

From the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding through Friday, June 7. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected across the New Orleans region through Friday, some of which could cause heavy rainfall leading to ponding of water in low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage. Rainfall totals between 2 to 6 inches are expected across the area with locally higher amounts possible through Saturday afternoon. The greatest threat of flooding in the metro area is currently forecast to be on Thursday, June 6, with a “Slight” to “Moderate” risk of excessive rainfall, according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect in New Orleans tonight through Thursday evening.

Gordon makes landfall on Mississippi Gulf Coast; weakens to tropical depression

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast just west of the Alabama border on Tuesday night, sparing New Orleans the brunt of its 70-mph winds and flooding rain, and rapidly weakened to a tropical depression over land Wednesday morning. Gordon came ashore with 70-mph winds — just 4 mph short of being classified a Category 1 hurricane –around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 just east of Pascagoula, Miss., according to the National Hurricane Center. By 7 a.m., the storm was outside of Jackson, Miss., and was downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of about 35 mph. Gordon’s rainfall could pose a significant flooding threat as it continues to move inland, the National Hurricane Center said in its final update on the storm at 10 a.m.

“Even though Gordon is weakening, heavy rainfall will continue to affect the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, central Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, southern Iowa and Illinois, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible,” the forecasters wrote.

Orleans schools remain closed on Wednesday amid worries of power outages, street flooding from Gordon’s approach

All Orleans Parish schools will remain closed on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Gordon proceeds toward an expected hurricane-strength landfall overnight, officials said Tuesday afternoon. For details, see the announcement from Orleans Parish School Board released Tuesday afternoon:

Due to continuing storm threats and resulting complications from Tropical Storm Gordon, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has announced that all public schools in Orleans Parish will remain closed on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The district previously announced closures for Tuesday, Sept. 4. Students and families are urged to adhere to city-wide recommendations concerning the storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon expected to strengthen to Category 1 hurricane before landfall

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to continue to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane today as it marches across the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall this evening, likely on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Gordon’s maximum sustained winds were 65 mph, and expected to strengthen to 75 mph by 7 p.m., classifying it as a Category 1 hurricane. Landfall is expected Tuesday evening in the Northern Gulf Coast between New Orleans East and Mobile, and forecasters are warning of 2-to-4 feet of storm surge at the mouth of the Mississippi River. “A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Orleans Parish, with the potential for winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour (mph), mainly in gusts as rain bands move through the area,” according to an update from the city of New Orleans. “High winds can cause damage to unsecured property, snap or uproot trees, blow debris onto roads, and cause power and communications outages.”