NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other leaders met for a press conference on Wednesday to discuss hurricane preparedness ahead of the 2023 hurricane season.

Cantrell was joined by New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and several other local, state and federal agencies to provide updates on New Orleans’ operational and security preparations in the event of a hurricane.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting near-normal hurricane activity this year. NOAA forecasters are predicting a range of 12 to 17 total named storms this year. Of those, five could become hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes.

The 2023 hurricane season begins on Thursday, June 1.

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