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Audio: How prepared is New Orleans for stronger storms and extreme temperatures?

New Orleans is vulnerable. Even a small storm can wipe out power for thousands of homes.

Scientists say climate change is going to bring more intense storms, heavier rainfall and higher temperatures. More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, officials say the city is more protected than ever.

But big storms are just one threat. Roads, water lines, drainage pipes, power lines — they all can be strained by extreme weather.

This week, with our partner WWNO-FM, we explore how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring.

Check back every day this week for a new story in the series, “New Orleans: Ready or Not?”

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About Tegan Wendland

Tegan Wendland is WWNO's Interim News Director. She also reports on the coast. She has a background in investigative news reporting and an M.S. in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge and WVIK-FM in Rock Island, Illinois. Her stories have aired nationally on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace.