Cantrell: Prepare for tropical storm, move vehicles to higher ground

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is urging residents to prepare for what is forecast to be Tropical Storm Cristobal heading for the Louisiana coast.

"The city of New Orleans continues to monitor... Tropical Storm Cristobal."

She held a Friday news conference to urge preparedness.

"We are expecting heavy rain throughout the weekend... ten inches or more.  That is definitely possible for the city of New Orleans," the mayor warned. "We could face a sustained tropical storm force of wind.  So we are talking wet, and we are talking wind here." 

New Orleans Director of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Colin Arnold announced that drivers could move their vehicles to the neutral ground and sidewalks starting Saturday morning.

"Cristobal is forecast... to move northward through the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend... bringing impacts to our area Sunday and Monday, primarily."

He outlined the conditions that could impact the city.

"Currently the greatest threat here in New Orleans is expected to be heavy rainfall and minor to moderate coastal flooding.  I would add in that tropical storm force winds throughout this will be a possibility and probably a probability."