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New Orleans streets flood as Gulf Coast braces for potential hurricane

Due to the effects of Barry, the Mississippi River is projected to see one of its highest crests on record in New Orleans Saturday, or the highest since the 1920s.

New Orleans resident Angela Catalano, whose house is already flooded, said she's anxious about what's next. The city is protected to a height of 20 feet.

Residents along the Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on the weather as meteorologists have predicted that a tropical system entering the gulf this week could form into a tropical storm that could impact Southwest Louisiana over the weekend. In order to support a tropical storm or hurricane, sea surface temperatures need to be about 27ºC. As the torrent raged, city officials advised commuters to stay off the roads because of numerous high water incidents. "In November, a team of researchers found that unless carbon emissions are greatly reduced, by the end of the century many parts of the world would face overlapping disasters most of the time". Storm surge is expected to be between three and five feet, and the storm is predicted to bring rainfall of at least 18 inches.

Edwards issued a state of emergency for the state on Wednesday. The cone of uncertainty was in place from near Galveston, Texas to eastern Louisiana.

Abbott said at a Wednesday news conference that Texas has mobilized several departments ahead of the growing storm's expected landfall.

Excessive amounts of rain could fall, or just a moderate amount. Those from MS to Southeastern Texas should still monitor this and prepare for the potential of flooding rains and high winds.

City workers are working to clear clogged catch basins and flush drain lines in flood-prone areas, and residents should examine storm drains and gutters near their homes for debris that can be removed as well.

Edwards said people can expect 10 to 15 inches of rain in a 24-hours span. Forecasts project over a foot of rain could fall in central and western Louisiana, but some shifts in these projections are possible.

Unrelated to the system in the Gulf, our region will likely get hit with a round of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, because of a cold front that's moving through from the Midwest.

Enough rain may fall to produce everything from street and highway flooding to small stream, bayou and river flooding.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

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