New Orleans officials are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen. Residents are advised to keep their guard up, despite this year’s calm hurricane season.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is advising people to have a plan in place in case the storm knocks out power.
”We almost made it through the entire hurricane season without having a threat like this," Landrieu said, "but it is what it is and we’ve been through this before, and I’m quite certain that everything is going to be okay.”
The National Weather Service predicts the storm will hit the central Gulf Coast tomorrow as a tropical storm. It’s expected to be the first named storm to hit the United States this hurricane season.
Residents outside levee protection areas in many parishes have been ordered to evacuate coastal communities.
Weather alerts are in place from Morgan City, LA to Indian Pass, FL.
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