New Orleans on Stand-by As Strong Storm Approaches
NEW ORLEANS-- The coast of Louisiana is wearily waiting for the arrival of a weather system that is capable of producing heavy rain and strong winds over the Labor Day weekend.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a press conference Thursday to update residents on the city's emergency operation plan.
The National Hurrican Center said the weather system had an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm by Saturday.
"There is a fairly large weather event that is percolating in the Gulf of Mexico," said Landrieu. "It is very unpredictable and uncertain at this time. Nevertheless because of its close proximity to the city of New Orleans and possibilities which at this moment can not be predicted, we have initiated our emergency responses in the city and of course at the state level as well."
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal has placed state agencies on standby to assist local governments, and energy crews were ready to address power outages in the area.