Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged New Orleans residents to monitor weather forecasts on Saturday (September 1) as a tropical wave near Hispaniola is being deployed to the Gulf of Mexico early next week.
"This is the culmination of the hurricane season and the city of New Orleans is ready," Cantrell said in a statement on Saturday afternoon. "I'm in constant contact with all of our city agencies to make sure they have the resources they need, and that they exist if that system poses a threat to our city."
The tropical wave caused thunderstorms from Hispaniola to Turks and Caicos Islands, which were supposed to spread across Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Weather Service "expects heavy rainfall from this system and higher tides to hit New Orleans early next week, regardless of development," according to the statement.
The service predicts widespread rainfall between 2.5 to 5 inches over the next seven days with higher possible volumes.