Barry Is Making Things Very Wet in Louisiana

New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. The National Weather Service in New Orleans says water is already starting

Sheriff's deputies were going door to door in St. Mary's Parish to notify residents of mandatory evacuations for areas south of Highway 317.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm arrived on land Saturday afternoon near Intracoastal City.

All eyes were on the Mississippi River, as forecasts showed a potential storm surge of 2 to 3 feet that could have raised the river's level to 19 feet in New Orleans.

The system threatened disastrous flooding across a swath of the Gulf Coast.

Almost all businesses in Morgan City, about 85 miles west of New Orleans, were shuttered with the exception of Meche's Donuts Shop.

More than 45,000 people in southern Louisiana had lost power, and some roads were underwater as the edges of the storm lashed Louisiana and coastal MS and Alabama with rain.

Police Chief Reggie Pitre of Golden Meadows, Louisiana, was surveying the early effects of Tropical Storm Barry on Saturday, July 13, observing flooding along LA-1 next to Bayou Lafourche that was cutting off access to coastal towns.

United States authorities warned of heavy rain and possible tornadoes throughout today as major storm Barry buffeted Louisiana, though there were few indications of widespread flooding.

Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent storms and flooding, but without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

Another shopper, 31-year-old Trameka Tompkins, said she wasn't too concerned about the storm.

People should not focus on Barry's wind speed, but instead be wary of the rain it will unleash across the region, AccuWeather forecasters cautioned.

"This rainfall is expected to lead to unsafe, life-threatening flooding", forecasters wrote in an advisory Sunday morning. The barriers range in height from about 20 feet to 25 feet (6 meters to 7.5 meters).

As Maria Templet and Jean Paul got closer to July 12, their scheduled wedding day, Barry got stronger.

"It's moving really slowly", New Orleans Councilwoman Helena Moreno said.

Since then, the city's Sewerage and Water Board, one of the key agencies responsible for drainage, has poured tens of millions of dollars into generating power to make sure there's enough electricity to keep pumps working. Residents were told to shelter in place by 8 p.m. CDT Friday.

Here, the gate of the US Customs House in New Orleans is seen sandbagged in the hope of stemming the surge. AccuWeather National Reporter Jonathan Petramala captured video of dozens of residents pitching in to fill up sandbags in preparation for Barry.

Baton Rouge, which was devastated by floods in 2016, was similarly quiet Saturday, with puddles left from overnight rains, wind shaking the trees and only a few cars and trucks on thoroughfare Interstate 10.

The level of the Mississippi River, already swollen from historic rains and flooding upstream, was at almost 5.2m (17ft) in New Orleans - just below flood stage. On Friday, a law enforcement officer was treated for facial cuts after a powerful wave churned up by Barry broke the windshield of a boat near Destin, Florida, about 50 miles east of Pensacola, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Twitter page.

The New Orleans area is protected from the mighty Mississippi River by levees that started going up right around the time of the city's first settlers three centuries ago.

As Barry approached the coast, peak gusts topped 60 miles per hour in coastal Louisiana, while New Orleans clocked a gust of 49 miles per hour. The surge topped two levees in southeast Louisiana. "It is a back levee in the vicinity of Myrtle Grove and it points further south".

None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, Edwards said.

Officials in the rural Louisiana coastal parish of Terrebonne ordered an evacuation of some areas due to water overtopping another levee. Cleco Corp., which supplies power to about 288,000 retail customers in the state, said it's monitoring Barry and has crews on standby to respond to outages.

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