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What To Know About Barry: Monday, July 15

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

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. 

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.
NOAA

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.

Travis Lux / WWNO

 

Strong storms passed through the New Orleans metro area Wednesday morning, dropping between 5 and 7 inches of rain in about an hour and a half, causing widespread street flooding and power outages.

Flooded streets have been reported across the Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, calling back images of the devastating floods of August 2017. Many roads and underpasses have been closed in the City of New Orleans. For an updated list of those locations, check the city’s Streetwise website: http://streetwise.nola.gov/

National Hurricane Center

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered City Hall and all City government offices to open for a half-day on Wednesday, starting at noon.

Chris Granger / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Another week of freezing temperatures crippled New Orleans infrastructure. But what impact could it have on coastal plants and animals?

Nola.com | The Times-Picayune reporter Sara Sneath spoke with WWNO's Tegan Wendland about the week's coastal news, including a lawsuit filed to seek records related to the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

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

Evacuations are underway in areas outside of Louisiana's levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Nate is barreling through the Caribbean on a path towards the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say it's likely to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before it slams into the Gulf Coast Saturday night. Residents across New Orleans are making last-minute preparations before the storm hits.

National Weather Service (NWS)

The National Weather Service (NWS) lifted its tropical storm warning the the New Orleans metro area this morning. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu says we could still feel the storm’s effects.

 

“We’re not in the clear yet,” he says.

 

The city is still under a tornado watch until 7pm Wednesday, and the NWS expects three to six inches of additional rain over the next two days.

 

If that rain falls in a very short amount of time, the city could experience localized flooding.

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