New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency for New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, which forecasters expect to make landfall as a hurricane this weekend. The storm's current track takes it very close to the city.

Landrieu made the announcement during a Thursday press conference with other local officials to address plans for the storm. 

"Our job is always to plan for the worst and hope for the best," Landrieu said, adding that the storm was expected to bring between 3 and 6 inches of rain from Saturday to Sunday. 

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Nate is also expected to create storm surge of between 2 and 3 feet. 

Nate, which formed into a tropical storm off the coast of Nicaragua Thursday morning, is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico by Friday and strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Rain is expected to start in the area by 10 a.m. Saturday and continue through Sunday evening. 

A coastal flooding advisory is in effect until midday Sunday, according to the NWS. 

The tropical system comes in a year of flooding and drainage concerns for the city. After flooding incidents on July 22 and Aug. 5, it was revealed that the system was operating at a diminished capacity with several pumps and power turbines inactive. The news led to to the eventual retirement of several top S&WB officials. 

Interim S&WB leader Paul Rainwater said on Thursday that three of the city's five power turbines are active, and generators are fueled and ready. 

He added that pumps, 108 of which are active out of the total 120, will be manned 24/7. The National Guard will also provide spotters to provide information, he said. 

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