The City of New Orleans continues to monitor Tropical Storm Cindy, which made landfall last night and is located 40 miles northwest of Lake Charles and moving north. The system is expected to move northeast over the next 12 to 24 hours. The system is expected to continue weakening and is predicted to become a tropical depression later today, followed by dissipation within 24 hours. Intermittent rain bands will impact the metropolitan area today with decreasing frequency as the day proceeds.

A tornado watch remains in effect for the New Orleans area until 1p.m. today and a flash flood watch remains in effect through the evening. Residents are encouraged to continue to exercise caution and remain vigilant during severe weather.

Residents should call 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies such as storm preparation information, sidewalk and road problems or debris. Due to the decreased severity of the forecast, 311 will return to normal hours and will close at 5p.m. today. Residents should call 911 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies.