Many streets are under water and several homes without electricity on Wednesday in New Orleans. The city is about to receive the first tropical storm of the season, which could turn into a hurricane by this weekend.
The city of New Orleans, USA, is preparing Wednesday for the first major tropical storm of the season, which could turn into hurricane Friday and prompted the governor of Louisiana to declare a state of emergency .
“It’s too early to say what the impact will be, but we think there will be an impact,” said LaToya Cantrell, mayor of the city, which is partly below sea level, during press conference in the early afternoon.
“Be ready,” she added to the address of her constituents, recalling that the city had received in places a little over twenty inches of rain in three hours only. And “there is still rain in reserve for New Orleans,” she warned.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC), which in the morning had placed part of Louisiana on early warning of floods and coastal submersions, including the mouth of the Mississippi River, announced a “hurricane watch” in its newsletter from Wednesday evening.
This means that life-threatening conditions could occur within 48 hours of the publication of this newsletter.
If the storm turned into hurricane as expected by this weekend, it would be the first of the season in the Atlantic and it would be called Barry.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a state of emergency, allowing for additional resources.