WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your Gambit weekend forecast:
The average high temperature for the last weekend of June is roughly 91 degrees... which I guess means this weekend will be incredibly average. Highs will sit in the lower 90s but it will (of course) feel like 98. Scattered storms are expected each afternoon, with Saturday being the wetter of the two days. Other than this weather, there is nothing average about New Orleans... and that's just the way we like it.
And Noah Bonaparte Pais was on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to break down your weekend entertainment options, from DJ ?uestlove to Herman's House and Rob Delaney and Dave Attell.
Here's your Gambit weekend forecast from WWL-TV's Derek Kevra:
"I don't know much about zombies. Do they hate the heat? Do they care at all about rain? I'll be interested to see how they act on Sunday morning at City Park during the 5K zombie run. Weekend morning lows will be near 75 with afternoon highs in the low 90s. Chance for showers will be 30% but the best chance for rain is in the afternoon. Zombies don't melt, right? No, that's just witches."
And here's Noah Bonaparte Pais on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News breaking down all the things there are to do in town this weekend, including a Generationals release party, Before Midnight, La Cage aux Folles at Summer Lyric and more:
Now with your Gambit weekend weather forecast from meteorologist Derek Kevra and our partners at WWL-TV. What's up, Derek?
"Hey, guess what? It's hot! Guess what else? It's June!
Highs this weekend will stay between 90-95 but it will feel more like 100-105. There is a small chance for afternoon showers, but overall Father's Day will be dry.
If you've forgotten it's Father's Day weekend, don't worry, just roll with the forecast and buy him a tub of ice... with a 6 pack in the middle."
And for what you need to be doing this weekend (the Southern Fried Food Festival at Audubon Zoo, Spamalot, Ariel Pink) ... take it away, Noah Bonaparte Pais and Eric Paulsen:
This afternoon, outside Armstrong Park on Rampart Street, city officials unveiled one of the 17 "Evacuspots," 14-foot sculptures to identify pickup points in the event the city activates its mandatory hurricane evacuation plan. The 2013 hurricane season began June 1.
"We can't be ready enough," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Every season is different."
The stick-man sculptures, created by artist Doug Kornfeld, indicate a pick up location where anyone can meet for a city-assisted ride out of the city. Robert X. Fogarty, founder of Evacuteer, which developed the Evacuspot idea, said the Evacuspots create public art that also serves a purpose, rather than "signs the size of a two-hour parking sign. ... These sculptures signify an evacuation we hope to never have to use," he said.
"Arts and culture intersect directly with civic goals," said Kim Cook, president of the Arts Council of New Orleans, which funded the $200,000 project.
Attached to the sculpture is a reminder about what you can and can't bring with you if you evacuate with the city: you can bring only one 22-inch by 15-inch luggage and you must have identification; pets must be in a carrier or on a leash and must be updated with vaccinations and identified; and no drugs, guns or "prohibited substances."
You can find all the Evacuspot locations listed here.
Once again, all your dilemmas about what to do this weekend have been solved by Noah Bonaparte Pais in his Thursday appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. His picks: The Men at Circle Bar, Mobb Deep at Maison, The Iceman (which is getting great reviews), Anthony Jeselnik at Harrah's New Orleans, the New Orleans Oyster Festival and more.
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Subscribe here and get Alex Woodward's music picks and Derek's take on the weekend. Here's this weekend's Gambit forecast:
With the Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Park and Back to the Beach at Laketown, things seem very water related this weekend... unfortunately with the weather too. Scattered afternoon showers and storms are expected both Sat and Sun with warm highs in the upper 80s. I wouldn't cancel my plans... just bring an umbrella. Hey, at least a shower will help cool it off! #optimism.
The two Entergy subsidiaries that provide power to New Orleans — Entergy New Orleans on the east bank (ENO) and Entergy Louisiana (ELL) on the west bank — submitted to New Orleans City Council a report on their preparations for and restoration efforts following Hurricane Isaac, which left most of the city without power for days. Council requested the report in early September in response to complaints that full restoration took too long.
The report, however, offers high praise for the utility's response, characterizing its power restoration time — more than 90 percent of 160,000 affected customers were restored by Sept. 3, day five of active restoration — as "commendable." Restoration work cost about $45.8 million, through December 2012. Problems encountered, were mostly related to the size, slow speed and unpredictability of the storm, it says.
From the report:
"The Companies were able to restore power to approximately 95% of customers in Orleans Parish within five days after it was safe to begin restoration efforts. Significantly, the restoration was accomplished without a single fatality or major injury," it reads, with only 13 "OSHA-recordable injuries."
"The Companies’ preparation for and response to Hurricane Isaac, while not without its challenges, was reasonable, appropriate, and worthy of the commendations they have received."
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