Gulf - With Cristobal en route, Gulf Coast states prepare for 1st tropical threat amid pandemic

Tropical Depression Cristobal is preparing to invade the United States this weekend, and while meteorologists continue to analyze its strength and track and await its possible hurricane status, residents across Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast began their preparation days ago.

Although its strengthening turned Cristobal into the earliest-ever third named storm of the hurricane season, Louisiana officials made sure the fast start to the season didn’t catch anyone by surprise, especially during this pandemic era. In New Orleans, preparations began early in the week as the city office urged residents to review hurricane plans and adjust for COVID-19.

“As always during hurricane season, residents are reminded to review emergency plans, gather emergency supplies, and stay informed,” the city wrote in a Tuesday press release. “Hurricane preparedness information, including how to account for the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, is available at ready.nola.gov/hurricane.”

As of June 3, over 41,000 people in the state had tested positive for COVID-19, which has proved fatal for over 2,700, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Orleans Parish and neighboring Jefferson Parish have accounted for more than one-third of those cases, according to NOLA.com.

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