New Orleans metro area officials to talk hurricane
NEW ORLEANS - Officials from around the New Orleans metro area will gather to talk about the hurricane season that begins Sunday.
They'll be talking Friday about hurricane preparedness and public safety, coordination among state and local organizations and agencies, and about the levee systems.
They include the district commander for the Army Corps of Engineers, a National Weather Service emergency response specialist, levee district presidents, six parish presidents, New Orleans' deputy mayor and the head of the Port of New Orleans.
Federal forecasters are expecting a slower-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes. That's because the weather phenomenon called El Nino is expected to suppress the storms' number and intensity.
There's no way to tell whether any hurricanes will strike the U.S. coastline.