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New Orleans braces for Mississippi flooding as storm Barry bears down


Added 07-11-19 02:10:02pm EST - “Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “New Orleans braces for Mississippi flooding as storm Barry bears down”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and city officials warned of severe flooding if it makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2019 season.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as of 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT) on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters issued a storm-surge warning for a stretch of Louisiana coastline south of already-sodden New Orleans stretching from the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach. Rain was an equal danger, given that the lower Mississippi River, which runs through New Orleans, has been above flood stage for six months.

The lower Mississippi is forecast to peak at 19 feet (5.9 m) on Saturday, the highest it has been since 1950 when it almost reached 20 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The slow-moving storm was located about 95 miles (150 km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River at 10 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said.

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