NEW ORLEANS — The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Friday for Orleans and St. Tammany Parish until 1:30 p.m.
At 10:33 a.m., Doppler radar showed heavy rain over the area which will cause minor flooding. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen and an additional two inches are expected over the area.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.
The City of New Orleans has lifted all parking restrictions on neutral grounds and sidewalks until 2 hours after flooding has finished.
A flash flood watch is already in effect for all of Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi until 1 p.m. Saturday.
Forecasters say a slow-moving storm system will setup periods of heavy rainfall Friday morning into Saturday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches will be common with locally higher amounts possible, which can cause flash flooding.
The flash flood watch begins at 7 a.m. Friday for the following parishes and counties in the WWL-TV viewing area: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St, Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington parishes and Pearl River and Hancock counties.