‘Life-Threatening’ Tropical Storm Moves Towards New Orleans

By Paul Riegler on 11 July 2019
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Saint Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square, New Orleans

Saint Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square, New Orleans

Three states are bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, currently forming in the Gulf. The storm is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane by Saturday.

Hurricane watches are in effect for parts of coastal Louisiana, as the storm builds strength.  It is expected to make landfall on Saturday.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for a wide area from Gulfport, Mississippi, to New Orleans and west of Baton Rouge that is in effect through Sunday morning.

“Water will be the biggest threat,” the agency said. The National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening” storm surges as a result of the storm.

New Orleans is the most vulnerable, because it is below sea level.

The storm was some 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of the Mississippi River’s mouth in Louisiana as of 5 p.m. local time with 40 mph (64 km/h) winds. The storm is expected to gather strength as it moves north and west.

Officials are telling residents and visitors in the area to adjust plans accordingly, gather supplies, and stay abreast of updates to the forecast.

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