NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city's Treme neighborhood got 8.4 inches of rain in three hours, and more nasty weather is on the way.
Jalana Furlough carries her son Drew Furlough as Terrian Jones carries Chance Furlough in New Orleans after flooding Wednesday, July 10, 2019. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Matthew Hinton
Cantrell declared an emergency as she other officials spoke at a news conference Wednesday after storms swamped city streets and paralyzed traffic.
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.
National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott said a hurricane hunter aircraft was going to look for the center of the developing tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico. He says the aircraft will provide information about its likely landfall.
Schott said storm surge could raise the Mississippi River to 20 feet, adding, "That's not what we'd consider worst-case."
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