The people of Louisiana are preparing for a possible hurricane as Tropical Storm Barry continues to threaten the state's shores.
Mandatory evacuations were issued Thursday in parts of Louisiana, including in the parish of Plaquemines where, on Thursday morning, 8,000 to 10,000 residents of the parish were subject to a mandatory evacuation order, said the door Juster Duplessis.
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Barry, which is the second storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to turn into a hurricane late Friday and reach land by Saturday morning along the Louisiana coast.
The National Weather Service also warned that the floods were a threat as New Orleans could get 10 to 15 inches of rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some isolated areas could see 20 inches. Storm surveillance and warnings are also in effect in various coastal areas.
Read on to see the planned path of the storm and other information.
Where is tropical storm Barry now?
The National Hurricane Center said at 1 pm informs Thursday that the storm is slowly moving about 90 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi. He noted that the storm "was heading slowly west through the northern Gulf of Mexico" and warned "a dangerous storm surge, heavy rain and wind conditions [are] on the north-central coast of the Gulf. "
At the same time, tropical storm Barry had sustained maximum winds of 40 mph.
How is the state preparing?
On Wednesday, Louisiana's governor, John Bel Edwards, declared the state of emergency for Louisiana.
"It will be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and heavy and widespread rains that can affect all parts of the state," Edwards said in a statement. "Nobody should take this storm lightly.As is well known in Louisiana, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact."
The governor also encouraged residents to "check [their] emergency supplies and get a game plan for [their] family and pets. He also urged locals to monitor local media in order to know "the changing weather and to follow the instructions of local officials".
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LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans, said the city's water pumps "were operating at their optimum capacity" as tropical storm Barry was heading toward the state's Gulf Coast. That said, at a press conference held on Thursday, she added that the floods were a threat, as the storm is expected to cause heavy rains.
"We can not get out of the water levels … that should hit the city of New Orleans," she warned.
Travis Fedschun and Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.