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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
  • COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday. Tropical storm-like conditions are expected later Tuesday and the storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at City Hall before the storm was named, Ken Graham with the National Weather Service said a shift in direction could change its impact. He urged residents not to focus on the "cone," which is just west of New Orleans. The storm still could bring significant rain and street flooding to the area. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison urged drivers to stay off the road, if possible.

The city's Emergency Operations Center is open and staffed round-the-clock through Wednesday. Cedric Grant, director of the Sewerage and Water Board, said the city's pump stations are fully operational, capable of moving one inch of water in the storm's first hour and a half inch every hour after that. Grant asked residents to clear drains and catch basins.

As of 1 p.m., storm winds are around 40 mph as it moves northwest. Streetcars will be replaced with buses if winds remain at or above 35 mph. Entergy crews also won't be able to use cherrypicker buckets to fix downed lines if winds remain above 30 mph.

Officials urged residents to stay tuned to updates from the city's emergency information center NOLA Ready (www.nola.gov/ready and @nolaready), keep some supplies, and to check on elderly neighbors and family.

"I don't want anyone to panic," Landrieu said. "But this is going to be a serious event. We could get lucky."

Landrieu said he's heartened by the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Brock Long as FEMA director — "right on time," Landrieu said, as the storm approaches.

Landrieu also postponed his 2017 State of the City address, scheduled for Wednesday at the Civic Theatre. The city will announce a rescheduled date.
Meanwhile, the city's NOLA Ready page has updated its hurricane preparedness checklist, including stocking up on drinking water, information on what to do with your windows and trashcans, and how not to burn a house down with generators and candles. Also, make sure you have plenty of food, pictured below as a martini glass with an adorable garnish. That counts as food, yes, sure.
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Of course the internet has been goofing on it.
Update: The city's website has changed the martini image to a jug and lump of things in a basket-like shape. RIP emergency martini.
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