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Preparations made; storm fails to show

September 23, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

An hour after New Orleans officials opened shelters, warned of possible power outages and urged calm ahead of a threatening tropical depression, the system moved inland hundreds of miles away, and forecasters canceled the warning that had authorities on alert.

Under partly cloudy, pale-blue skies, some in this city devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago wondered if it was a bit much.

For several days, weather reports on newscasts keyed on an area of low pressure that, on Friday, became Tropical Depression No. 10.

While the system wasn't predicted to strengthen beyond a weak tropical storm, officials expressed concerns about the safety of thousands of people still living in federally issued trailers. Several parishes declared states of emergency as a precaution.

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