As Harvey Hits Texas, New Orleans Also Worried

City could get flooding when rains arrive on Sunday
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2017 8:01 AM CDT
New Orleans Also Bracing for Harvey's Heavy Rain
A traffic signal topped by the winds of Hurricane Harvey lies in an intersection of downtown Corpus Christi, Texas, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas isn't the only state worried about Hurricane Harvey. Louisiana also is expected to get doused, and New Orleans in particular is bracing for flooding. The city could get 10 inches of rain starting Sunday, reports CNN. Complicating things is that New Orleans is still repairing its drainage system after it was overwhelmed by recent storms. Mayor Mitch Landrieu thinks the system should be able to handle the coming deluge, but if Harvey changes track and dumps more rain than expected, the situation could be dicey.

As for Harvey's current progress, the National Hurricane Center downgraded it as of 5am Saturday to a Category 1 as it delivers winds of up to 90mph and heavy rain to southeast Texas, reports the AP. The city of Victoria, for instance, got more than 9 inches of rain, and more than 200,000 people were without power in the region. President Trump tweeted Saturday morning that federal authorities are keeping a close eye on it. "Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David," he wrote. "We are leaving nothing to chance. City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!" (More Hurricane Harvey stories.)

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