New Orleans mayor declares emergency

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell
Tropical Cyclone in Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans bringing heavy rain resulting in Mayor of the Crescent City declaring an emergency.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city’s Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood got 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way.

Cantrell has declared an emergency. She and other officials spoke at a news conference Wednesday after storms swamped city streets and paralyzed traffic.

new orleans mayor declares emergency
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (Photo from Facebook)

Numerous officials urged residents to stay home, check that they have supplies for at least three days and make sure neighborhood storm drains are clear.

new orleans mayor declares emergency
Officials including Chief of Police in New Orleans urging residents to take percussion in NOLA

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott says a hurricane hunter aircraft was going to look for the center of the developing tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico.

When will the storm’s  landfall occur?

He says the aircraft will provide information about its likely landfall.

new orleans mayor declares emergency

Schott says storm surge could raise the Mississippi River to 20 feet (6.1 meters), adding, “That’s not what we’d consider worst-case.”