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Mayor Landrieu: Be prepared for anything


NEW ORLEANS - In a morning press conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a clear message for the city as tropical storm Karen approaches: Be ready for anything.

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.

Though the National Weather Service says tropical storm Karen is slowing down, Landrieu said that storms are unpredictable and people can still be in danger even after a storm has passed if they act without caution.

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 surges.

The 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 website's for latest information on delays and cancellations.

Landrieu also said that cruise ships scheduled to dock in New Orleans this weekend have been delayed until Monday.

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