QR.bizNewsLouisiana dodges 'worst-case scenario' from Barry

Louisiana dodges 'worst-case scenario' from Barry

"Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi", the NHC said.

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 MS and beyond.

Barry quickly weakened to a tropical storm but it dropped torrential rain and left massive flooding throughout parts of Louisiana.

New Orleans saw light rain on Sunday, and churches and several businesses were open, including some on Tchoupitoulas Street along the flooded Mississippi River.

Footage from local authorities showed water inundating fields as it spilled over the side of the levee, which Louisiana Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said was a back levee near Myrtle Grove, and not a levee for the Mississippi River.

Meanwhile, in more general advice, it added: "The Atlantic and Northern Pacific hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect USA coastal regions, Hawaii, and Guam". "We don't have the resources to stay in a motel for seven or eight days". This year we'll get the storm chances out of the way early on.

"Category one, I'd say, is not much to worry about". New Orleans, in particular, did not see the catastrophic storm surges that had been feared.

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Rainfall reached 12 inches in southwestern Louisiana while storm surge climbed to 7 feet in Amerada Pass.

The location of the center of the system is not important at this point.

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.

And in Mandeville, north of New Orleans along Lake Pontchartrain, Michael Forbes was also picking up limbs and other debris at his home as a drizzle fell.

While there is no definitive link between climate change and Storm Barry, rising temperatures are increasingly a factor in making the impact of events like this more intense. Timmer reported from just outside of Chauvin, Louisiana, about an hour south of New Orleans.

At least 153,547 customers in Louisiana were without power as of the early hours of Sunday.

Voluntary evacuations were issued across New Orleans for areas that are not protected by the levees.

With most tropical cyclones a risk of severe weather develops just east of the system, and Barry will be no different. Airlines began cancelling flights Friday.

A concert by the Rolling Stones scheduled for Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which served as an emergency shelter during Katrina, was postponed until Monday because of the weather forecast, the venue said.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released statistics regarding the offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico.

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