Hurricane Barry landed in Louisiana on Saturday and weakened into a tropical storm. The storm, previously a Category 1 hurricane, caused heavy rains and floods on the Gulf Coast and cut power for tens of thousands of people in the area.
Hurricane Barry: The Facts
- The storm landed as a Category 1 hurricane near Intracoastal City on Saturday afternoon. He weakened shortly afterwards in a tropical storm.
- Barry could cause "dangerous and potentially deadly floods" with over 20 inches of rain in Louisiana and Mississippi.
- 70,000 people without electricity: 67,000 in Louisiana and 3,000 in Mississippi.
- The US Coast Guard has saved at least 12 people in floodwaters in Louisiana.
Floods "putting life in danger" "the main threat"
7:46 am on Sunday: In its early morning notice, the Miami National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Barry would continue to move westward over western Louisiana, with an expected turn toward the north Sunday.
The NHC said that "life-threatening flood rains" are the "main threat" of the storm, which is expected to weaken to become a tropical depression later in the day. At 5 am ET, it was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport with sustained maximum winds of 45 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect along the Louisiana coast from Morgan City to Cameron, and a storm warning is in place from Intracoastal City at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River.
– Stefan Becket
Hurricane warnings lifted in Louisiana
10:25 am Saturday: According to a Saturday update from the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane warning in Louisiana has been lifted. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the following areas:
- Mouth of Mississippi at Sabine Pass
- Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, including the metropolis of New Orleans
A storm warning is in effect for Intracoastal City in Biloxi (Mississippi), as well as for Lake Pontchartrain. At a press conference held on Saturday night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents to continue to prepare for potentially deadly flash floods and not to let their guard down.
"Every storm is different," Edwards said. "What worries me is that many people go to bed tonight thinking that the worst is behind them and that is not the case."
– April Siese
Scientists worry about wildlife habitat
9:28 p.m.: According to scientists, Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in many ways. But the magnitude of the damage is hard to predict as the region faces a rare combination: the anticipated tide of the storm and the torrential rain associated with record Mississippi water levels.
"We do not know how the system will react to all this because it's so unusual," said Melissa Baustian, coastal ecologist at the Gulf Water Institute in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana's coastal marshes are also vulnerable, already subject to development and flood control measures that prevent natural re-establishment of coastal shorelines.
"There will be short-term effects on the ecosystem," said David Muth of the Gulf's restoration program of the National Wildlife Federation. "But what's irrelevant is that this amount of rain is tied to a long-term trend due to climate change, and that's disturbing."
FEMA "confident" in its response
.: 8:00 p.m. At a press call on Saturday, Jeff Byard told reporters that he was confident in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's remarks about the lingering threat of Tropical Storm Barry. "We have enough commodities if needed," Byard said.
Byard is the agency's associate administrator for the Response and Recovery Office. Mark Wingate of the Army Corps was also in the party. engineers, who stated that there was "no concern of [the Mississippi river] going over the dikes "in New Orleans.
Wingate said the army corps. provided assistance in the parish of Plaquemines, where back lifts were passed.
– April Siese
Find the latest updates on Barry here.