Hurricane Barry: What is happening with Hurricane Barry 2019? Latest NOAA warning

Pablo Tucker
July 16, 2019

"Even though Barry is weakening, the threat of heavy rains and the potential for flooding continues from Louisiana northward through the Lower Mississippi Valley", the hurricane center said.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry could bring flooding rain to Upstate New York on Wednesday. A slight risk means scattered severe storms will be possible; a isolated severe storms are possible in the marginal risk area.

Barry - which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday as it moved slowly north across Louisiana and into Arkansas - had put Louisiana on high alert for much of the weekend with a threat of epic flooding.

"It is noteworthy that we're in our 260th day of a flood fight on the Mississippi River, the longest in history, and that this is the first time in history a hurricane will strike Louisiana while the Mississippi River has been at flood stage", said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in response to a question about climate change at a Friday news conference.

"Don't let your guard down if you are in Louisiana", said CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

Barry, the first hurricane of the 2019 season, reached such strength about a month ahead of the average August 10 date of the first hurricane. To be classed as a hurricane there must be one-minute maximum sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour to be classed as a category one, or more than 156 miles per hour to be classed as a category five. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south central parts of Louisiana could in any case have precipitation aggregates of up to 300 mm. There was a concern, he said, that Highway 23 could become covered in water and that residents who had not left the area would become trapped.

However, by late Saturday night, the city had been spared the worst of the storm, receiving only light showers and gusting winds.

Around 51,000 in Louisiana, 1,800 in MS and another 1,700 in Arkansas were without power Sunday night. One to three inches of rain will be possible through Thursday.

But officials learned after Hurricane Katrina that some residents wouldn't evacuate because they couldn't bring their pets.

Despite weakening, Barry will continue to slowly spread a widespread swath of flooding and torrential rain from Louisiana and western MS to eastern Arkansas, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

The overtopping occurred in multiple locations, but in less populated areas of the parish, according to Kirk Lepine, the president of Plaquemines Parish. Some had sought refuge on rooftops, a parish spokeswoman said.

Image copyright EPA Image caption A woman in Mandeville, Louisiana watches the rising waters What is the latest? KTBS-tv said the National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because the water was too high to safely reach the family. The eye was about 50 miles miles southeast of Shreveport, La. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

A man walks through rain in the French Quarter caused by Hurricane Barry in New Orleans, July 13, 2019.

Fears that the levee system in New Orleans could be compromised had eased after the Army Corps of Engineers voiced confidence that it would hold, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents not to be complacent. Some airlines canceled outbound flights Saturday.

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