Tracking the Tropics

Oct 5, 2013 2:58 PM by katc

City of New Orleans Provides Karen Update

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu provided an update on Tropical Storm Karen. According to the National Weather Service, the storm has weakened significantly and is disorganized. Still, New Orleans remains under a Tropical Storm Watch and Mayor Landrieu urged continued vigilance.

The National Weather Service expects the storm to make landfall late Saturday or early Sunday morning with winds between 20-30 mph tonight, scattered showers and thunderstorms with rainfall totals of 1-2 inches over the next 24 hours.

"The latest storm projections are encouraging but we're not out of the woods. We all know tropical storms are unpredictable, so I encourage our residents to stay alert and keep a watchful eye throughout the day. The City is leaning forward and we remain fully prepared to respond to the storm," Mayor Landrieu said.

On Friday, October 4, Mayor Landrieu declared a state of emergency and mobilized City departments and partner agencies to prepare for a severe weather.

Mayor Landrieu strongly encouraged residents who live outside the city's levee protection system or in low-lying areas - including Venetian Isles, Fort Pike, Irish Bayou, and Lake Catherine - to be prepared for 6-inch to 1-foot tidal surgers.

Watch video from Mayor Landrieu's Press Conference

Residents are encouraged to call NOLA 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies such as:

Storm preparation information
Sidewalk and road problems
Residents should call 911 ONLY for life-threatening emergencies.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and EMS are fully staffed and prepared.

A list of streets prone to significant flooding during severe weather is available at

The City is in communication with hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters

RTA is operating as normal and does not anticipate any service disruptions. Streetcar service will be replaced with buses once sustained winds reach 25 mph.

The City is allowing residents to secure their vehicles on the neutral ground throughout the weather event. Residents should not park under trees, on tree roots, on levees, or on street car tracks. Any vehicles parked on the levees or streetcar lines will be towed.

The New Orleans International Airport is completely operational at this time and is in constant communication with airlines. Travelers are encouraged to check individual airlines websites for latest information on delays and cancelations.

New Orleans hotels remain open. City officials are in contact with hotels and conventions in town in order to ensure safety of New Orleans visitors as well as New Orleans residents. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau provide hospitality industry updates on their webpage at

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to This service allows City officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a Twitter handle: @nolaready.


For life threatening emergencies, call 911
To report a non-life threatening problem or to get information, call 311
Report standing water in streets or downed traffic signals, call 504-821-2222
Sewerage and Water Boards 24/7 line, call 504-529-2837
To report power outages, call 1-800-968-8243 (1-800-9OUTAGE)
Report levee issues on the East Bank to Orleans Levee District Police at 504-283-9800 and on the West Bank call the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority West at 504-340-0318



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