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USNew Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry

21:36  11 july  2019
21:36  11 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Here's what we know about Barry and what to expect

Here's what we know about Barry and what to expect Tropical Storm Barry, the first tropical system to strike the US this year, is just off the Gulf Coast and gaining power. Here's what you should know: How strong is the storm and where is it? Barry was churning midday Friday in the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, per the National Hurricane Center's advisory at 11 a.m. ET. The storm at that time was about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 115 miles southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana. Barry is expected to grow into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall, the National Hurricane Center said.

New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry

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Tropical Storm Barry's path: What you need to know

Tropical Storm Barry's path: What you need to know What to know about Tropical Storm Barry's expected path and other information as Louisiana resident brace themselves for the storm.

Tropical Storm Barry presents New Orleans with an unprecedented problem, according to the National Weather Service.

The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in the Big Easy, is now at 16 feet, owing to record flooding that's taken place this year all along the waterway.

Meantime, Barry is cranking in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, said Jeffrey Graschel, a hydrologist with the weather service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana.

The unusual confluence of factors adds up to a forecast that has the river cresting Saturday at 19 feet, a level not seen since February 1950 and about 2.3 feet shy of the record set in April 1922, the weather service said Thursday.

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New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry© Nick Reimann/AP People cope with the aftermath of severe weather in the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Nick Reimann/The Advocate via AP) "This is the first time we've had a tropical system with water levels on the river this high," he told CNN.

ICE suspends immigration enforcement in New Orleans ahead of Barry

ICE suspends immigration enforcement in New Orleans ahead of Barry The city of New Orleans announced Thursday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they would suspend immigration enforcement efforts in the region over the weekend, as Louisiana and Mississippi brace for Tropical Storm Barry. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "The @CityOfNOLA has confirmed with @ICEgov in #NOLA that immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend in the #Barry impacted areas of Louisiana & Mississippi.

The prediction is rattling the nerves of residents also concerned about the 10 inches of rain Barry could dump before it moves out, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. That deluge would follow the 9 inches that fell Wednesday in New Orleans, flooding parts of the city.

Mandatory evacuations in at least 2 parishes

Barry, the first tropical system to hit the US this year, is moving slowly, the weather service said. Residents of the coast and in the lower Mississippi Valley could see heavy rainfall through the weekend and into early next week, with flash flooding, river flooding and storm surge likely.

States of emergency have been declared in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish have instituted mandatory evacuations as a precaution in low-lying areas or those outside major levees.

Officials are expected to close dozens of floodgates to help mitigate the risk of flooding, according to Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East spokesman Antwan Harris, and FEMA has deployed personnel and supplies for staging in Louisiana and Texas, the agency said in a statement.

"Gulf Coast residents should prepare now for heavy rains, flooding and high wind impacts regardless of this storm's category," the FEMA statement said.

'Not scared': Bayou residents refuse to flee storm Barry

'Not scared': Bayou residents refuse to flee storm Barry Dung Nguyen has been shrimping in Gulf waters for a quarter century, and he's not about to let anything come between him and his livelihood -- not torrential rain, not evacuation orders, not even full-blown hurricanes. "I'm not scared," Nguyen said Friday outside a friend's trailer home in Boothville, a fishing village about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southeast of New Orleans, as a major storm bore down on Louisiana. As a fisherman, "I have to come back here," the 59-year-old told AFP. "Storm not coming yet.

In New Orleans, 118 of city 120 pumps that drain neighborhoods are in working order, Sewerage & Water Board spokeswoman Courtney Barnes told CNN. The two that aren't are relatively small, she said, and are at stations with other functioning pumps in the Lakeview area and New Orleans East.

Still, the system of pumps, underground pipes and canals is only designed to remove 1 inch of rainwater in the first hour of a storm and a half inch in subsequent hours. It simply could not keep up with Wednesday's downpour, Barnes said, noting that any system in the country would have been outpaced.

"There's no system designed to pump that capacity of rain," she said.

'The real storm hasn't event hit'

Some residents aren't taking any chances.

Dannie Davis of New Orleans will evacuate, she told CNN on Thursday. She was struck by the flooding Wednesday, "and the real storm hasn't even hit," she said.

"I haven't seen this much rain and flooding before a hurricane in awhile," she said. "Who knows what's to come and whether the city will be able to handle it."

Another resident, Claire Grogan, was also planning to evacuate, she said.

For 40 years she's lived in the French Quarter, mere blocks from the Mississippi River, she said, and has never been scared. Now, that's changed.

"The river is so high that I am just scared to stay," Grogan said, adding that as a business owner, she also wants her employees to have the chance to leave if they want to.

New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry© Matthew Hinton/AP David Fox makes a call on Wednesday, July 10, from his business on Poydras Street in New Orleans.

Coast Guard rescue underway to save 12 trapped in Terrebonne Parish.
The U.S. Coast Guard is mounting a rescue mission to save 12 people trapped in a coastal Louisiana community cut off by rising water from Tropical Storm Barry. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Sources tell Eyewitness News that four of the 12 individuals trapped on Isle de Jean Charles are elderly. The Coast Guard was preparing an air rescue but strong winds made the mission too dangerous Saturday morning.

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