New Orleans hotels close after storm hits
LONDON — The first of several major hurricanes to hit New Orleans in 2017 has slammed the region with record rains and heavy flooding.
The National Weather Service said Sunday morning that the National Hurricane Center had issued an advisory for the New Orleans area, warning of the possibility of more flooding.
It also issued a flood watch for New Orleans and southern Louisiana.
The storm also brought some flooding in the southern New Orleans Parish.
In addition to the flooding in New Orleans, more than 40 people died in the storm, including at least two in a shooting in New York City.
The Associated Press reported at least one other person was killed in Louisiana.
“There’s a tremendous amount of damage, a lot of flooding,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Sunday.
“We need to start rebuilding.”
The National Hurricane Centers predicted that the storm would make landfall somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico between New Orleans on the Mississippi River and Baton Rouge.
It is not yet clear where the storm will end up.