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USIn vulnerable La. town , some flee storm and others "party it up"

19:45  12 july  2019
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'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.

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In vulnerable La. town , some flee storm and others "party it up"© Michael Mathes / AFP/Getty Images US-WEATHER-ENVIRONMENT

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate in Louisiana this morning, as residents brace for extreme flooding and their potential first hurricane of the season. President Trump has already announced a federal declaration of emergency for the state.

The mayor of Grande Isle, Louisiana, a town in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico that sits 8 feet below sea level, has ordered a mandatory evacuation.

"When the tide comes in from the north side of the island or the back side of the island, that could cause severe flooding," said mayor David Camardelle. That could put the only road in and out of the island underwater.

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Approximately 1,400 people live in Grand Isle -- and Camardelle is urging them to prepare. "Right now, they way I'm looking at the tides... [it's] too late to get off the island," he said.

Louisianians in low-lying areas are bracing as the season's first expected hurricane looms. "Hopefully, fingers crossed, and if the Lord says the same, you know, we'll survive this one," said one resident.

Residents are tying up boats, stocking up on supplies, and preparing sandbags. "Help people that need help, ride it out, party it up," one resident said. "Have a good time."

But for those who are choosing to stay behind, more than 200 flood gates have been closed in preparation -- and all eyes are on the levees that have been improved since Hurricane Katrina.

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.

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"We in between two major bodies of water and the only thing protecting us is two… levees, and one of them failed already," one resident said. With all the rain, the Mississippi River is expected to crest at 19 feet, just a foot below the top of the levees.  "Obviously, conditions can change," a representative for the Army Corps said at a press conference. "So residents should stay vigilant and prepared should any changes occur."

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