Tropical Storm Barry nears Louisiana, New Orleans under state of emergency

Tropical Storm Barry nears Louisiana, New Orleans under state of emergency

July 11, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning as the dangerous storm nears the coast, threatening to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, storm surge and hurricane conditions.

Severe thunderstorms prompted tornado warnings and inundated downtown New Orleans on Wednesday morning, causing travel to be disrupted and forcing the closure of City Hall. The flooding occurred as a brewing tropical system, which has become Tropical Storm Barry, gathered strength over the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm will likely reach hurricane strength on Friday or Saturday before it makes landfall early Saturday along the Gulf Coast.

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Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish and Grand Isle are already under mandatory evacuations.

Tropical Storm Barry nears Louisiana, New Orleans under state of emergency

“Plaquemines Parish Government has taken all precautions in preparing for Tropical Storm Barry,” Parish President Kirk Lepine said in a statement. “Additional rainfall, high winds, and storm surge are expected.”

In Denham Springs, Louisiana, residents rushed to fill up sandbags.

Heavy rains already inundated New Orleans on Wednesday, flooding streets and homes and leaving drivers stranded. As much as 9 inches of rain fell in the city, with more to come.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared a state of emergency in the city Wednesday afternoon. The city’s recreation summer camps are closed Thursday as a precaution.

The main concern with this tropical system is the extreme rainfall that will come to parts of the Gulf Coast beginning Friday and lasting through the weekend.

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The slow movement of the storm will bring heavy rainfall throughout much of the Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi River Valley.

As much as 20 inches of rain is possible in parts of the area, especially in southern Louisiana. Major flash flooding is also possible, as well as a storm surge up to 6 feet along the Louisiana coast, including New Orleans.

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“People heading to the beaches in between downpours along Florida’s west coast will need to exercise caution when entering the water as the frequency and intensity of rip currents will be higher than usual,” Duff said.

An uptick in rip currents can occur all the way to the Texas and Mexico coasts.

Mary Greeley News

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