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Here's How Louisiana Is Doing

The tropical depression has brought a lot of rain
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2019 4:10 PM CDT
Here's How Louisiana Is Doing
Brady Dayries is hit by a wave as winds from Tropical Storm Barry push water from Lake Pontchartrain over the seawall Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Mandeville, La.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages, the AP reports. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and its winds were steadily weakening since it made landfall Saturday in Louisiana, Barry's rain bands created a flooding and tornado threat stretching from central Louisiana to eastern Mississippi and beyond. Several parishes or counties in both states were under flash flood warnings. Among the details:

  • Far from the storm's center, tornado warnings were issued Sunday morning in both states, though no serious damage or injuries were reported.
  • President Trump asked people across the region to keep their guard up, tweeting on Sunday: "A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast. Please be very careful!"

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  • Forecasters warned of a continued threat of heavy rains into Monday as the center of the storm trudged inland. The US National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south-central Louisiana could still have rainfall totals of up to 12 inches, with isolated pockets of 15 inches. "This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding," forecasters wrote Sunday.
  • In Mississippi, forecasters said 8 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Jasper and Jones counties, with several more inches possible.
  • Barry's center continued to move through northern Louisiana into Arkansas. The system, which had briefly become a Category 1 hurricane, had its maximum winds fall to 35 mph.
  • New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday the city was "beyond lucky" that rainfall there fell well short of early predictions of a deluge that could overwhelm the city's pumping systems.
  • In a sign that the city was returning to normal, flights were resuming Sunday at its airport. Restaurants reopened, and people were retrieving their cars from medians and other high ground.
  • About 112,000 customers in Louisiana and another 5,000 customers in Mississippi were without power Sunday afternoon.
(Read more tropical storms stories.)

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