NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans continues to monitor what has now become Tropical Storm Michael. The storm is expected to impact the Gulf Coast as early as Tuesday. The National Weather Service does not currently anticipate significant local impacts in New Orleans from Michael, which continues to track to the east. However, residents are urged to pay attention to updates should the forecast change.
Strengthening winds over the Gulf are expected to lead to higher than normal tides Monday and Tuesday along east and southeast facing shores. 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.