2019 hurricane season


Even though Barry didn’t turn out to be as bad as many people feared, it still caused damage in several Louisiana parishes. Now, the state of Louisiana is asking the federal government to help pay for the costs of preparing for the storm and post-storm cleanup.

What To Know About Barry: Monday, July 15

Jul 13, 2019
Barry as seen by satellite Saturday, July 13, 2019

Last update 10:00 a.m., July 15, 2019

Heavy rain bands from Tropical Depression Barry will continue to affect the southern Louisiana region throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.  Rainfall amounts between 1 to 3 inches are possible and could impact north of Interstate 10 and 12 corridors. 

The threat of flash flooding for the region, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, remains "slight" according to an advisory released at 4:32 am by the weather service. 

Sandbags ready for pickup at Mid-City Yacht Club, a bar that decided to hand out sandbags after the city said it wouldn't.
Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

New Orleans residents have been frustrated that the city hasn't distributed sandbags to protect their homes and property ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, as in storms past. But New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city decided not to hand them out this time because sandbag distribution strains resources and the sand could clog up the city's drainage system. 

Tropical Storm Barry shown by satellite on Friday.

Last update 5:15 p.m., July 12, 2019

Governor John Bel Edwards is urging residents to be ready to ride out Tropical Storm Barry by Friday evening, ahead of the storm’s anticipated landfall early Saturday morning.

[Read more: Why Cantrell says New Orleans isn't getting sandbags ahead of Barry]

Parts of the Mississppi River levee system are at risk of overtopping due to storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry.
United States Army Corps of Engineers

A few sections of levee along the Mississippi River are at risk of being overtopped in Southeast Louisiana. The reason: storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. WWNO's Travis Lux spoke with Ricky Boyett from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about why this is happening and which areas are the most at risk. 

Lakeview residents fill sandbags at their local fire station to prepare for Hurricane Nate in 2017.
Jess Clark / WWNO

No sandbags have been issued for the public to protect their homes and businesses in New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, according to an unidentified spokesman for the New Orleans Fire Department.

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry, when it was still Potential Tropical Cyclone 2.

Last Update 5:00 p.m., July 11, 2019

The latest forecasts have Tropical Storm Barry making landfall no longer as a hurricane, but as a tropical storm, just west of Morgan City, on Saturday. However, forecasters say the storm could still grow to hurricane force as it approaches the coast.

The main concern is still rain. Most of the New Orleans area can expect 10-15 inches of rain, but some areas could get up to 20 inches. Areas near Morgan City and Houma are predicted to get the worst of the deluge -- 20 to 25 inches.

Clyde Carlson kayaks down a flooded street after New Orleans' drainange system was overwhelmed by torrential rain Wednesday.
Patrick Madden / WWNO

New Orleans got walloped by an intense rainstorm Wednesday that overwhelmed the city drainage system, quickly flooding streets in areas that normally don't get swamped. Now the city is bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, which brings a risk of major flooding. WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with New Orleans sewerage and water board executive director Ghassan Korban about whether the city is ready for the approaching storm. 

Patrick Madden / WWNO

Updated: 2019-07-10 5:33 p.m. Louisiana School Closures


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a “near-normal” hurricane season this year.

NOAA’s 2019 hurricane season outlook, released Thursday, predicts anywhere from 9 to 15 named storms -- 4 to 8 of which could become hurricanes, and 2 to 4 of which could become major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5).

The average number of named storms is 12 per year, which usually includes about 3 major hurricanes.