The Mississippi River is near flood stage in NO, which is 3 feet below the top of the levees. The storm coming in is forecast to have a 3-4ft surge if it strengthens to a Cat 1. Normally this storm would be no problem, but with so much water there already it could be disastrous. The storm needs to not strengthen, or move farther east. Not wishing trouble for Alabama, but getting east of the Mississippi would minimize flooding.