Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry moving slowly toward Louisiana coast bringing possibility of heavy rainfall to region

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana as New Orleans and coastal communities brace for what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season.A hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast, and forecasters said the storm could make landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday. But it's the…
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Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana as New Orleans and coastal communities brace for what’s expected to be the first hurricane of the season.A hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast, and forecasters said the storm could make landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday. But it’s the storm’s rains that are expected to pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses. Barry could bring more than a foot and a half of rain to parts of the state as it moves slowly inland.And it is certainly moving slowly, the National Weather Service said that as of 4:40 p.m. eastern time, the storm is about 110 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 70 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. It is moving west-northwest at 6 mph.Maximum sustained winds have increased to 65 mph with higher gusts.President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a State of Emergency ahead of Barry’s anticipated landfall. The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had asked the Trump administration in a letter earlier Thursday that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed.Edwards said it is necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.WDSU-TV Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr said the storm was tracking a bit further west in Thursday night’s models, but it’s path is still uncertain.A Tropical Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Lake Pontchartrainand east of Shell Beach to Biloxi, Mississippi. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including metropolitan New Orleans. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect for Lake Pontchartrain.A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast west of Intracoastal City to Cameron.A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.Barry could become a hurricane by late Friday and as it approaches the coast late Friday into Saturday morning.Edwards said authorities don’t expect the Mississippi River to overflow levees as the system moves toward the Gulf Coast. He said high water forecasts for the river have gone down slightly but a change in the storm’s direction or intensity could renew the possibility of the levees being topped by a river already swollen by heavy rains and snow melt.Impacts include heavy rain of 10 to 20 inches with isolated maximum rainfall of 25 inches. Flash flooding across the area is the biggest concern, according to the National Weather Service.High wind will also be present as hurricane conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area by Friday night or Saturday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin on Friday.A few tornadoes are possible in Barry’s outer bands, with the greatest threat of tornadoes on Friday, though marginal risks exist through Saturday, the National Weather Service said. The Army Corps of Engineers said despite the latest forecast showing the Carrollton Gauge at 20 feet on July 13, levees are not expected to overtop.Ricky Boyett said the levees can protect up to 25 feet in some spots, 20 feet at the lowest spots.At this point, Boyett said the Corps does not foresee any topping or overflowing, but could see a splash.The parishes included in the emergency declaration are: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana as New Orleans and coastal communities brace for what’s expected to be the first hurricane of the season.

A hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast, and forecasters said the storm could make landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday.

    But it’s the storm’s rains that are expected to pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses. Barry could bring more than a foot and a half of rain to parts of the state as it moves slowly inland.

    And it is certainly moving slowly, the National Weather Service said that as of 4:40 p.m. eastern time, the storm is about 110 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 70 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. It is moving west-northwest at 6 mph.

    Maximum sustained winds have increased to 65 mph with higher gusts.

    President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a State of Emergency ahead of Barry’s anticipated landfall. The declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

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    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had asked the Trump administration in a letter earlier Thursday that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed.

    Edwards said it is necessary that critical pre-positioning be provided through federal assistance.

    WDSU-TV Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr said the storm was tracking a bit further west in Thursday night’s models, but it’s path is still uncertain.

    A Tropical Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Lake Pontchartrainand east of Shell Beach to Biloxi, Mississippi.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including metropolitan New Orleans. A Storm Surge Watch is also in effect for Lake Pontchartrain.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast west of Intracoastal City to Cameron.

    A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.

    Barry could become a hurricane by late Friday and as it approaches the coast late Friday into Saturday morning.

    Edwards said authorities don’t expect the Mississippi River to overflow levees as the system moves toward the Gulf Coast. He said high water forecasts for the river have gone down slightly but a change in the storm’s direction or intensity could renew the possibility of the levees being topped by a river already swollen by heavy rains and snow melt.

    Impacts include heavy rain of 10 to 20 inches with isolated maximum rainfall of 25 inches. Flash flooding across the area is the biggest concern, according to the National Weather Service.

    High wind will also be present as hurricane conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area by Friday night or Saturday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin on Friday.

    A few tornadoes are possible in Barry’s outer bands, with the greatest threat of tornadoes on Friday, though marginal risks exist through Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

    The Army Corps of Engineers said despite the latest forecast showing the Carrollton Gauge at 20 feet on July 13, levees are not expected to overtop.

    Ricky Boyett said the levees can protect up to 25 feet in some spots, 20 feet at the lowest spots.

    At this point, Boyett said the Corps does not foresee any topping or overflowing, but could see a splash.

    The parishes included in the emergency declaration are: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jeffer



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