New Orleans is closing itself off as it awaits the arrival of a storm churning its way over the Gulf of Mexico. Officials are confident that they’re well prepared for what’s coming.
No flights will be arriving or leaving New Orleans airport Tuesday. Officials expect strong wind and rain to slam the region before the storm peaks around midnight. Hardware store shelves have been stripped of flashlights and batteries. Streetcars are no longer running along St. Charles Avenue. Many gas stations have run dry. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is advising people sheltering at home to secure their property and help their neighbors.