Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry meanders by coast, starts lashing areas with rain

Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday with the potential for one of the biggest drenchings Louisiana has ever seen.The storm's leading edges lashed Louisiana with bands of rain for most of the day, and some coastal roads were already underwater.A hurricane warning is in effect along the Louisiana…
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Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday with the potential for one of the biggest drenchings Louisiana has ever seen.The storm’s leading edges lashed Louisiana with bands of rain for most of the day, and some coastal roads were already underwater.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 Hurricane Center said that as of 8 p.m. Eastern time, the storm is 85 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. It is moving west-northwest at 4 mph.Barry has been “meandering during the past few hours,” but it’s expected to resume a motion toward the west-northwest, National Hurricane Center staff said around 7 p.m. Central time.Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph with higher gusts.An estimated 3,000 National Guard troops along with other rescue crews were posted around Louisiana with boats, high-water vehicles and helicopters. Drinking water was lined up. Utility repair crews with bucket trucks moved into position in the region.Authorities took unprecedented precautions: The governor said it was the first time all floodgates were sealed in the New Orleans-area Hurricane Risk Reduction System. Still, he said he didn’t expect the river to spill over the levees.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.Several areas have been listed with storm surge warnings, indicating there’s a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 36 hours.Barry could become a hurricane by late Friday and as it approaches the coast late Friday into Saturday morning.Even as of Friday, tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 175 miles from the center, according to the National Hurricane Center.As Tropical Storm Barry slogged toward the Gulf Coast on Friday, the mayor of New Orleans, worried about flooding in some areas, called for residents there to consider evacuating.Inside the city’s vast flood protection system, residents are asked to be home by 8 p.m. and to stay indoors after that. Those outside of levee protection are being asked to voluntarily evacuate as floodgates in the city are being closed.”What we are faced with, as we’re being told, is heavy rain, a slow-moving storm,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.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.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.The Associated Press and CNN have contributed to this report.

Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday with the potential for one of the biggest drenchings Louisiana has ever seen.

The storm’s leading edges lashed Louisiana with bands of rain for most of the day, and some coastal roads were already underwater.

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 Hurricane Center said that as of 8 p.m. Eastern time, the storm is 85 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. It is moving west-northwest at 4 mph.

    Barry has been “meandering during the past few hours,” but it’s expected to resume a motion toward the west-northwest, National Hurricane Center staff said around 7 p.m. Central time.

    Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph with higher gusts.

    An estimated 3,000 National Guard troops along with other rescue crews were posted around Louisiana with boats, high-water vehicles and helicopters. Drinking water was lined up. Utility repair crews with bucket trucks moved into position in the region.

    Authorities took unprecedented precautions: The governor said it was the first time all floodgates were sealed in the New Orleans-area Hurricane Risk Reduction System. Still, he said he didn’t expect the river to spill over the levees.

    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.

    Several areas have been listed with storm surge warnings, indicating there’s a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 36 hours.

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

    Even as of Friday, tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 175 miles from the center, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    As Tropical Storm Barry slogged toward the Gulf Coast on Friday, the mayor of New Orleans, worried about flooding in some areas, called for residents there to consider evacuating.

    Inside the city’s vast flood protection system, residents are asked to be home by 8 p.m. and to stay indoors after that. Those outside of levee protection are being asked to voluntarily evacuate as floodgates in the city are being closed.

    “What we are faced with, as we’re being told, is heavy rain, a slow-moving storm,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

    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.

    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 Fe





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