Hurricane Barry Makes Landfall, All Flights Cancelled at New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 July 2019
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Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orlenas

Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orlenas

The National Hurricane Center said that Barry made landfall in Louisiana near Intercoastal City as a hurricane and weakened to a tropical storm with 70 mph (113 km/h) sustained winds.

Barry is the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019.

A westward shift in its direction may spare New Orleans from the devastation and flooding that forecasters feared earlier in the week. Forecasters are predicting as much as 25” (64 cm) in parts of southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, named for the Jazz great, is closed, resulting in the cancellation of over 270 flights as of 1 p.m. CDT local time.

“Please check with your airline for any flight information related to storm activity,” the airport advised on its website.

The National Weather service said to expect dangerous storm surges, heavy rains, and high winds across the north-central Gulf Coast.

At least 95,000 homes were without power in Louisiana on Saturday as of 1 p.m. CDT, according to the state’s power companies.

New Orleans was ravaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina and it is still recovering from the disaster today. Almost everyone in the city today has a story of how Katrina affected their lives, from taxi drivers to captains of industry.

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