- Tropical Storm Barry is set to hit Louisiana’s coast early Saturday morning, and could be upgraded to a hurricane before then.
- The National Weather Service has forecast more than 20 inches of rain for the area and warned that storm surge levels could reach 3 feet in certain areas.
- Here’s what those measurements look like on the ground.
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Tropical Storm Barry is bearing down on the Louisiana coast from the Gulf of Mexico, and could become a Category 1 hurricane before it’s projected to make landfall early Saturday morning.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has asked residents to prepare to shelter in place starting Friday night.
Some 3,000 National Guard members have descended on the state ahead of the storm’s landfall, and authorities have warned that people should not try to drive through standing water – it could be far deeper than it appears, and have a strong current.
Here’s what those measurements would look like on the ground:
New Orleans has already been drenched in nearly 9 inches of rain, prompting a flash-flood emergency declaration. Though the city has levees to block the river from overflowing into neighbourhoods, some are concerned the levees aren’t high enough in certain areas.
Parts of the city have levees that are 20 feet high, and the river has been forecast to reach 19 or 20 feet by Friday.
The storm has brought back painful memories of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which killed more than 1,800 people after levees and flood walls across New Orleans broke.
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