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Short-lived Hurricane Barry weakens to tropical storm, risk of ‘life-threatening’ floods

Short-lived Hurricane Barry weakens to tropical storm, risk of ‘life-threatening’ floods

Once it begins, heavy, steady rainfall is likely to continue over central Louisiana through at least tomorrow afternoon, with intermittent heavy rain extending into Monday.
Ryan Truchelut, WeatherTigerHurricane Barry Saturday pushed ashore along the Louisiana coast west of New Orleans Saturday and quickly weakened to a tropical storm. But its torrential downpours still promise the risk of “life-threatening” inland floods in Louisiana and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said.Barry, which earlier packed just enough sustained winds — 75 mph — to qualify as the nation’s first hurricane this season, went ashore near Intracoastal City, about 150 miles west of New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.Moving overland, Barry quickly dropped to 70 mph, falling back to tropical storm status while remaining a threat into next week from heavy rain. Forecasters said Barry could unload 10 to 20 inches of rain through Sunday across a swath of Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as southwestern Mississippi, with pockets in Louisiana getting 25 inches. Watch Live: Webcams show Barry’s landfall in New Orleans and the Louisiana coastThat is a lot of rain: How will Barry compare to Louisiana’s 2016 flooding?Aimee Cutter, the owner of Beach House restaurant, walks through water surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Photo: Matthew Hinton, AP)NHC Director Ken Graham warned slow-moving rain cells would create especially dangerous flooding conditions in southeastern Louisiana, as well as Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and parts of Tennessee into next week.”When you put that much rain down in areas around Baton Rouge and Mississippi, those rivers and creeks are filling quickly,” he said. Graham urged residents to heed local authorities and stay off the roads when the flooding begins.“That is just an amazing amount of moisture,” he said on Facebook Live, pointing to a weather data board. “That is off the chart.”Even with winds below hurricane strength, the storm still puts locals at risk. Graham stressed that in the past three years, inland flooding has accounted for 83% of the deaths during tropical cyclones, half of those in vehicles.The hurricane brings a tornado threat, too. The highest-risk area is on the east side of the storm, along the Mississippi coast, and Mobile Bay, Graham said.As the storm drew closer Saturday morning, the Coast Guard said it was rescuing more than a dozen people stranded by flooding on a remote Louisiana island that has been shrinking for years.Flooding on Jean Lafitte Blvd. (LA45)— Paul Dudley (@Pauldudleynews) July 13, 2019Petty Officer Lexie Preston told the Associated Press some of the people were on rooftops on the Isle de Jean Charles, about 45 miles south of New Orleans. He said four people and a cat had been removed by helicopter and a boat was heading to the area to help get the rest of the people off the island.What about dogs?: Rescue dogs flown out of Louisiana ahead of Barry to avoid euthanasia. They’re adoptableAnthony Verdun chose to ride it out in his home in Isle de Jean Charles despite watching the water rise eight feet in 10 minutes near his raised house.Verdun, noting his refrigerator was still stocked with a fresh catch of fish from Friday, said he waved off a Coast Guard helicopter Saturday morning that hovered above his house, one of the highest on the island.”I gave them the all good,” Verdun said via text message. “My son is in the (Coast Guard) and he told me how to signal so we signaled back, ‘All clear.””Early Saturday, water spilled over a “back levee” in Plaquemines Parish, outside New Orleans. But Gov. John Bel Edwards assured residents the levees were “stronger than they’ve ever been” and the state was better prepared than ever.The video is alarming, but Plaquemines Parish officials say this water rise at the Myrtle Grove-Pointe Celeste Pump Station is not uncommon after a storm:— wdsu (@wdsu) July 13, 2019The threat to New Orleans diminished late Friday. Officials said the levee system would crest Monday at only 17 feet at the critical Carrollton gauge. That is about three feet lower than a previous forecast and two feet below the levee’s height.For the first time since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city 14 years ago, the governor said all floodgates were sealed in Hurricane Risk Reduction System. The city did not offer any sandbags, although some businesses did make them available.Residents of the Big Easy had been urged to “shelter in place” in lieu of evacuation orders, which are normally issued only for Category 3 hurricanes.More than 100,000 people were without power as the storm hit Louisiana Saturday. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideContributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY; Andrew J. Yawn, Leigh Guidry, Nick Siano, Lafayette Daily Advertiser; Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star; Associated PressRead or Share this story:
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