The National Hurricane Center said as of 11 a.m. ET that Barry was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, moving north at 6 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the system weakened to a tropical storm, the NHC said.
New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry
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.
"Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches," the NHC said. "This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding."
In Mississippi, up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the captial city of Jackson and some of its suburbs.
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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What to know about Tropical Storm Barry's expected path and other information as Louisiana resident brace themselves for the storm.
(Pictured) Collen Schiller and Wesley Vinson wade through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., on July 13. The waves were caused by the wind and storm surge from then-Hurricane Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. Mandeville is on the north shore of the lake while New Orleans is on the south shore.
Joni Giandelone, foreground, rakes in the pine needles and branches deposited from Tropical Storm Barry, in front of her house with the help of Priscilla Percle, center, and her mother Gayle Percle in Morgan City, La., July 13. Although they have no trees on their property, a neighbor's tree deposits the pine needles and branches in the street every storm.
This photo shows the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Saturday, July 13, in Belle Chasse, La. It is the largest pumping station in the world and as is part of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West and the West Jefferson (Parish) and Algiers Levee District serving the residents of West Bank of the Greater New Orleans. The 11 pumps are being started because of anticipated rain from Hurricane Barry. The 11 pumps at full capacity pump 8.6 million gallons per minute, which would fill up the Superdome in 110 minutes and would fill an Olympic-size swimming in 3.5 seconds.
Aimee Cutter, the owner of Beach House restaurant, walks through water surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville on July 13.
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.
Vehicles make their way on I-10 as bands of rain from Tropical Storm Barry from the Gulf of Mexico move into New Orleans, La., on July 12.
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)
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This Satellite image provided by NASA taken by U.S. Astronaut Christina Koch on Thursday, July 11, at the International Space Station, shows Tropical Storm Barry as it bears down on Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.
Debris is strewn across a parking lot after flash floods struck the area in New Orleans on July 10.
In vulnerable La. town , some flee storm and others "party it up"
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. 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...
Frank Conforto Jr. drives a University Medical Center (UMC) truck on Glavez Street after flooding. Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of tropical weather that could dump as much as 15 inches of rain in the state over the coming days.
In Livingston Parish, a family and a dog had a very close encounter with an alligator. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness posted a video to its Twitter account of the close encounter.
Widespread flooding, tornadoes, snakes and a dangerous heatwave are now set to hit Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Barry, officials warn, as residents begin the cleanup
As Tropical Depression Barry moves north and east, officials warn of potential tornadoes, flooding from following rains, intense heat and 'snakes and other critters' lurking to avoid waters.
Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five who were trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV. The National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because waters were too high to safely reach the family's home. Franklin is about 40 miles southeast of Lafayette.
When officials eventually got to the home, the people living there said they didn't need to be rescued, officials told the television station.
"We got to a spot where we were starting to float a little bit and I wasn't comfortable with that so we stopped a bit," Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Dep. Steve Dooley told KTBS. "We didn't have very far to go so we decided to drive the rest of the way. We made it to the house, and they just didn't want to come out."
The deputies told KTBS that floodwaters in the area dropped significantly throughout the evening.
The storm's first wave had not inundated New Orleans as feared, with the city experiencing moderate rain Saturday. Forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed.
None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and they were expected to hold up through the storm, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Video also showed water getting over a second levee in Plaquemines Parish, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.
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“The levees did do really well along the Mississippi River but there's all those others rivers, it's a very wet area, there's a lot of moisture there, a lot of rivers that are going to continue to rise. so we have a long ways to go with this,” Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends.”
In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.
In Mandeville, a city on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, storm surge and choppy waters sent waves pushing over the seawall and into nearby communities. Elsewhere, Coast Guard helicopters rescued a dozen people and two pets from flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said.
More than 140,000 customers in Louisiana and another more than 4,000 customers in Mississippi were without power early Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.
Barry was expected to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday. But forecasts showed the storm on a path toward Chicago that would swell the Mississippi River basin.
Reichmuth said on "FOX & friends" that another thing to keep in mind is that the storm took place at earlier part of the hurricane season as the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for over 200 days due to all the moisture from the winter and spring still traveling downriver. The threat for flooding in the region could still persist when the season ramps up in August and September.
"If we have a storm again, a stronger storm into August or September, we could talk about this same situation," he said.
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