Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry is about 100 miles off shore, but for some residents and visitors, it’s just another day in New Orleans. Despite the warnings of city and state officials that Barry’s impact could be devastating, some residents were starting their Friday, or ending their Thursday, like any other. Some came to the lake front early Friday morning to watch the larger-than-normal waves crash against the shore. Others were out at 3 a.m. taking part in a “Hurricane Party.” “We’re still out here, having a good time – watching the weather,” Angie Miller said.When asked if she was worried about the weather, Miller said “Yeah, but there’s always a boat we can jump on.” The storm has some tourists concerned. “I’ve never really been through a hurricane and seeing the flooding yesterday kind of scared me,” one tourist told WDSU’s Travers Mackel.Elsewhere in the city, residents are filling sandbags and helping clean out catch basins ahead of the expected flooding. In the lower garden district, residents worked together to clean the drains. Thirty people showed up to help and then more offered assistance when they saw the crowd cleaning out drains. City and state officials are asking that people prepare for the worst. On Thursday, New Orleans city officials cautioned that people could be stuck in their homes for as much as three days and to prepare for widespread flooding. Utility crews are already working to prepare ahead of the storm for expected power outages. Businesses along the French Quarter boarded up buildings and prepared for flooding, but Bourbon Street was expected to be open. Some bars have remained open during past storms.

NEW ORLEANS —

Tropical Storm Barry is about 100 miles off shore, but for some residents and visitors, it’s just another day in New Orleans.

Despite the warnings of city and state officials that Barry’s impact could be devastating, some residents were starting their Friday, or ending their Thursday, like any other.

Some came to the lake front early Friday morning to watch the larger-than-normal waves crash against the shore.

Others were out at 3 a.m. taking part in a “Hurricane Party.”

“We’re still out here, having a good time – watching the weather,” Angie Miller said.

When asked if she was worried about the weather, Miller said “Yeah, but there’s always a boat we can jump on.”

The storm has some tourists concerned.

“I’ve never really been through a hurricane and seeing the flooding yesterday kind of scared me,” one tourist told WDSU’s Travers Mackel.

Elsewhere in the city, residents are filling sandbags and helping clean out catch basins ahead of the expected flooding.

In the lower garden district, residents worked together to clean the drains. Thirty people showed up to help and then more offered assistance when they saw the crowd cleaning out drains.

City and state officials are asking that people prepare for the worst. On Thursday, New Orleans city officials cautioned that people could be stuck in their homes for as much as three days and to prepare for widespread flooding.

Utility crews are already working to prepare ahead of the storm for expected power outages.

In New Orleans, power company crews are preparing as much as possible ahead of #Barry.

Here in the Marigny section of town, a loose cross bar was just replaced.

People who live under the lines tell us they’re glad for that. pic.twitter.com/Uyr068BDfA

— Matt Lupoli (@mattlupoli) July 12, 2019

Businesses along the French Quarter boarded up buildings and prepared for flooding, but Bourbon Street was expected to be open. Some bars have remained open during past storms.

Sandbags line store front of a barber shop in preparation for tropical storm Barry in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 11, 2019. 

Getty ImagesSETH HERALD/AFP/Getty Images

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