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Harvey Makes Landfall In Louisiana

The National Weather Service says Harvey has has now set a preliminary record, surpassing 50 inches for the greatest amount of measured single-storm rainfall for the continental US.

Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall another time, this time on the Louisiana coast, near Cameron Parish. The state is bracing for up to 10 inches of rain and strong winds.

The National Weather Service is warning of torrential rain and potential tornados.

Curfews have been in effect and hundreds were rescued there over the past few days. State offices in 28 parishes and most Baton Rouge area schools are closed.

Schools are still set to reopen in New Orleans. City officials are saying it looks like the threat has largely passed – but are still handing out sandbags and watching the forecast closely. The entire New Orleans metro area is under a flash flood watch through Thursday.  

Governor John Bel Edwards is telling people to brace for the worst, while at the same time, offering to shelter storm victims from Texas. 

Tegan has reported on the coast for WWNO since 2015. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone, with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change. Her reporting has been aired nationally on Planet Money, Reveal, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, BBC, CBC and other outlets. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Connected Coastlines grant, CUNY Resilience Fellowship, Metcalf Fellowship, and countless national and regional awards.

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