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USTropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes

12:56  12 july  2019
12:56  12 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

New Orleans just faced a flash flood emergency, and Barry could bring more severe flooding Saturday, testing levees

New Orleans just faced a flash flood emergency, and Barry could bring more severe flooding Saturday, testing levees The Mississippi River in New Orleans is forecast to crest at 20 feet, the same height as levees that protect the city.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry to make landfall at Morgan City , La., on Saturday. The city has had many close calls in recent years but not a direct hit.Credit Bryan Thomas for On Saturday morning, the Louisiana city of 12,000 people may find itself right in the middle of a hurricane .

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in Louisiana on Saturday morning. Residents and business owners are working quickly to prepare for the extreme weather’s arrival.CreditCredit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times. People in the New Orleans

Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes© Bryan Thomas for The New York Times Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry to make landfall at Morgan City, La., on Saturday. The city has had many close calls in recent years but not a direct hit.

Morgan City’s motto is “Right in the Middle of Everywhere.” On Saturday morning, the Louisiana city of 12,000 people may find itself right in the middle of a hurricane.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry, now out in the Gulf of Mexico, to develop into a Category 1 hurricane and land right on the city, which has had many close calls in recent years but not a direct hit. Residents and business owners are already filling sandbags, gassing up generators and gathering food and water supplies.

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.

As Tropical Storm Barry approaches the Louisiana Gulf Coast, communities in the storm 's projected path are making final preparations for what is expected to be days of Airlines issued advisories for cities that may be impacted by the storm , including New Orleans, Pensacola and Panama City Beach.

Tropical Storm Barry became the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season Thursday and may make landfall as a hurricane Hurricane warnings are now in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle. This means hurricane conditions are expected

“We’ve been dodging the bullet for the last 10 years,” Mayor Frank Grizzaffi said in an interview Thursday. “Every time a hurricane comes up, it’s somewhere near Morgan City. This time, I think we’re finally going to get it.”

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Morgan City, about 70 miles southwest of New Orleans, is almost an island, surrounded by lakes, rivers, marshes and not much else. “We have 20 miles of coastline before the Gulf, so that buffers us a little bit,” Mr. Grizzaffi said, adding, “But what we’re concerned about is the rain.” The forecasters predict up to 18 inches by Sunday morning.

The mayor said he spent much of Thursday getting sandbags to residents and trying to keep them calm. Homeowners said they know they have been lucky in recent years, as hurricanes like Katrina in 2005 and Gustav and Ike in 2008 passed Morgan City by without much damage.

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.

Map: Tracking Tropical Storm Barry ’s Path. National Hurricane Center forecasters also predicted storm surges of three to six feet along the coastal areas. Recent hurricanes have wreaked havoc in the United States. And you might be wondering, how does a hurricane work?

With Tropical Storm Barry expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Saturday morning in south Louisiana , Mr. Thomas’s eyes Forecasters predicted that Barry would run ashore near Morgan City , a small town about 20 miles from the southern coast of Louisiana where residents

Jo Ann Blanchard runs two restaurants, a salon and an event center that all sit directly across the street from the levees along the Atchafalaya River.

Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes

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Coast Guard rescue underway to save 12 trapped in Terrebonne Parish

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.

“When you go out my door, you’re looking right at the sea wall,” she said from inside Cafe JoJo’s.

Ms. Blanchard said she restocked before the summer so she could keep serving seafood and pasta during hurricane season. She plans to stay in the restaurant as the storm comes ashore.

“We just sit here and wait, and when it comes, it comes,” she said. “Sandbag it, hunker down and wait for the river to rise.”

John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, flew to Morgan City on Thursday evening and said the state would provide pumps to the city to help remove water more quickly.

Mr. Grizzaffi, the mayor, said he plans to declare an emergency on Friday, but he remained confident that the city was in good shape.

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“They’ve got 85 squiggly lines, and one that hits us directly,” he said of the computer models that predict storm paths. “We think we’re prepared for that. Actually, I’d like to retract that statement — I know we’re prepared for that.”

Morgan City hasn’t always been lucky. The city was devastated by the winds of Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm in 1992.

Mr. Grizzaffi, who was on the City Council at the time, said residents woke up to downed power lines and toppled trees but no serious injuries. Cleaning up afterward cost the city nearly $3 million. Since then, at least five Gulf hurricanes have passed the city by.

Like New Orleans, Morgan City has pumping stations to remove water from the city. After the first five inches of rain have fallen, the system can handle about one inch an hour.

“If it comes in a band, our pumps play a catch-up game,” Mr. Grizzaffi said.

Tim Matte, executive director of the St. Mary levee district, said the federal levees along the Atchafalaya River, which has a flood warning in effect, are at least 20 feet high. He said the river is only expected to rise about nine feet, but a storm surge could push water to less protected areas of the city, where city-owned levees are only about 12 feet high.

“There will be street flooding,” said Mr. Matte, who has lived in Morgan City since first grade and served four terms as mayor. “There will be a limited ability to move about the city these next couple of days.”

“A lot of these businesses have second-story offices because of that reason,” he said.

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Tropical Storm Barry lumbers north across Louisiana.
Even as the storm loses power, its slow path north is expected to wreak havoc, with the hurricane center warning of dangerous storm surges, flooding as water moves inland, swollen rivers and rainfall reaching 20 inches in some areas. 1/56 SLIDES © Matthew Hinton/AP Photo Barry made landfall as a hurricane near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, about 160 miles west of New Orleans, on the afternoon of July 13, 2019. It quickly weakened into a tropical storm. But disastrous flooding remained a threat across a swath of the Gulf Coast.

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