Louisiana, Mississippi Residents Warned of Heavy Rain

Louisiana, Mississippi Residents Warned of Heavy Rain Photo: ABC News

Created: July 11, 2019 03:07 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in the southern part of the state to be prepared for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry as it pushes northward through the Gulf of Mexico.
The agency says people in low-lying areas should have a plan to evacuate before waters rise.
Forecasters say the storm could become a hurricane and make landfall in Louisiana. Effects could be felt in Mississippi by early Friday.
MEMA says there's the potential for storm surge greater than 3 feet (1 meter) on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the south and central parts of the state could have heavy rainfall and flooding.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says authorities don't expect the Mississippi River to overflow levees as Tropical Storm Barry moves toward the Gulf Coast.
At a Thursday news conference, the governor said high water forecasts for the river have gone down slightly but a change in the storm's direction or intensity could renew the possibility of the levees being topped by a river already swollen by heavy rains and snow melt.
The mayor of New Orleans says the city's water pumps are "working at optimal capacity."
But speaking at a Thursday news conference, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell added that flooding is a threat because slow-moving, heavy rains are expected from the storm.
National Weather Service meteorologist says New Orleans could get 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some isolated areas could see 20 inches (50 centimeters).
Barry could hit Louisiana as a weak hurricane over the weekend.

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