Parishes urge hurricane preps as wave moves through Caribbean

Parishes urge hurricane preps as wave moves through Caribbean

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's a tropical wave that doesn't have a name yet, but it's worth watching.

"You never know when these storms can pop up," says Aaron Miller.

New Orleans city leaders say there's no harm in planning ahead just in case. Also, it's the height of hurricane season.

"That's the time historically when you see the most activity in the Atlantic and Gulf. We want to take this opportunity to remind citizens that they need to be prepared," says Miller.

They're asking all residents to stock up on supplies and have an evacuation plan. City leaders say they're preparing, too.

"We're conducting twice daily updates, making sure we're ahead of what's going on," says Miller.

"We're having meetings amongst our executive staff and our hurricane preparedness team, just to make sure we all have contracts in place in case we need to roll during a storm," says Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni.

Yenni also wants to remind residents that things may have changed since the start of hurricane season.

"Your plans now may have to be altered because of what happened in Baton Rouge and those places to the north of us where you may have had a place to go. Now you may not," says Yenni.

Watching the tropics is key.

"People need to be aware that you might have to take some preparatory action over the weekend or the first part of next week if we see that develop, but for the time being, it's just a wait and watch situation," says FOX 8 Chief Meteorolgist David Bernard.

Bernard points out that Southeast Louisiana is always vulnerable, especially this time of year.

"So, just because this particular storm might not amount to anything doesn't mean something else might not be coming down the road in a week to ten days," says Bernard.

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