Tropical Storm Barry Expected to Reach Hurricane Strength before Colliding with Louisiana
Tropical Storm Barry is expected to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast starting Friday morning. The storm – which is expected to be at hurricane strength when it makes landfall – is predicted to bring as much as 2 feet of rain to parts of Louisiana, threatening to flood areas in and around New Orleans.
According to the Associated Press, the heavy rains and winds are already hitting Louisiana, despite the fact that the storm – which is moving west-northwest at only 5 mph – will not hit land until early Saturday. Rain is expected to continue to fall through Sunday in Louisiana and in parts of Mississippi.
“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told ABC News.
“We’re going to have all three,” he added.
According to the AP, the storm is expected to produce flooding and storm surges. The outlet reports that some coastal roads are already flooded from the rise of the tide caused by the storm. Officials are also monitoring the Mississippi River since it is already running abnormally high due to snowmelt upstream and heavy spring rain – including a down pour earlier this week that dropped 8 inches of rain in the area. Reportedly, the Mississippi is expected to crest on Saturday at 19 feet in New Orleans. The levees in that area
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