Tropical Storm Warning Lifted For New Orleans, But Threats Remain

Jun 21, 2017

The National Weather Service (NWS) lifted its tropical storm warning the the New Orleans metro area this morning. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu says we could still feel the storm’s effects.

 

“We’re not in the clear yet,” he says.

 

The city is still under a tornado watch until 7pm Wednesday, and the NWS expects three to six inches of additional rain over the next two days.

 

If that rain falls in a very short amount of time, the city could experience localized flooding.

 

Landrieu said the worst flooding so far has been in the Venetian Isles and Lake Catherine communities, which lie outside the city’s levee system. Landrieu said the fire department is on standby in those areas, should those areas need more assistance.

 

The National Weather Service reports that areas outside of levee protection have seen high tides two to three feet above normal -- flooding several coastal roadways. The National Weather Service expects most flooded roadways in the New Orleans area to be accessible by Friday.

 

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