NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans continues to monitor Hurricane Michael. The storm is expected to impact the Gulf Coast as early as Wednesday. Minor coastal flooding outside levee protection is likely with few other significant impacts expected in the New Orleans area. However, residents are urged to pay attention to updates should the forecast change.
Strengthening winds over the Gulf continue to lead to higher than normal tides along east and southeast facing shores. A Coastal Flood Advisory for areas outside of the hurricane risk reduction levee system has been extended through Thursday. Coastal flooding of one to three feet is possible, which could push water onto roadways in areas including Lake Catherine, Irish Bayou, and Venetian Isles. Residents are reminded to never drive through flooded areas. Out of an abundance of caution, the New Orleans Fire Department has pre-staged personnel and high water vehicles in Venetian Isles should the need arise. Additionally, if the track shifts west or if rain bands associated with Michael come over the local area, heavy rain and strong gusty winds are possible.
As always during hurricane season, residents and visitors are encouraged have tropical weather preparedness plans in place and to stay posted through NOLA Ready, the City’s emergency preparedness campaign. Sign up for NOLA Ready emergency alerts by texting your zip code to 888777 or going to ready.nola.gov/alerts. Follow NOLA Ready on social media @nolaready.