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Tropical Storm Barry nears New Orleans, raising flood threat


Added 07-11-19 08:10:02pm EST - “Nervous New Orleans residents prepared to flee as Tropical Storm Barry closed in...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Tropical Storm Barry nears New Orleans, raising flood threat”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Nervous New Orleans residents prepared to flee as Tropical Storm Barry closed in on Thursday, with forecasts of “extreme rain” and more flooding ahead of the storm’s predicted landfall early on Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019.

Barry coalesced in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph), a day after the gathering storm drenched New Orleans with nearly a foot (30 cm) of rain, the National Weather Service said.

A tropical storm warning was posted late on Thursday afternoon for metropolitan New Orleans, and a hurricane warning was in effect for a long stretch of the Louisiana coast south of the city.

With the brunt of the storm expected to skirt the western edge of New Orleans instead of making a direct hit, city officials refrained from ordering evacuations, urging residents to secure their property, gather supplies and shelter in place instead.

But some residents, recalling the devastation wreaked in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, which killed some 1,800 people along the Gulf Coast, were determined to get out of harm’s way. The threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, which winds through the heart of the city, was a big concern.

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