Hurricane warnings have been issued along with parts of the Louisiana coastline as Tropical Storm Barry moves towards the state’s shores. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains, high winds and a storm surge to a region already inundated with floodwaters.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle, which is a swath just south of points from Lafayette to New Orleans. The New Orleans metropolitan space has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning Thursday evening, together with other inland areas westward to Lake Charles.
Barry is a slow-moving storm that’s still developing within the Gulf of Mexico. As of 8:30 p.m. native time, Barry’s winds had been recorded at 45 mph. Barry is expected to form into a Class 1 hurricane before it makes landfall between Lafayette and Morgan City on Saturday.
The storm is predicted to produce rainfall between 10-20 inches across most of Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi, with some isolated areas getting as much as 25 inches, the NHC noted.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has not ordered mandatory evacuations, but did declare a state of emergency and has ordered city hall to shut by the weekend.
“Due to intense thunderstorms, and the further potential for tropical or hurricane-force winds and additional thunderstorms, New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale-force winds that might result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property harm,” mentioned Cantrel, including the emergency declaration warrants “all extraordinary measures acceptable to ensure the public well being, safety, welfare and convenience.”