The first tropical system to slam the US this year is expected to make landfall as a hurricane. But days before landfall, it was already walloping New Orleans with widespread flooding.
The National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Storm Barry will form in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday and strengthen to a hurricane by Saturday, when it’s expected to make landfall in Louisiana.
The tropical system has already spawned its first tornado warning and flash flood emergency, both in the New Orleans area on Wednesday.
New Orleans resident Angela Catalano, whose house is already flooded, said she’s worried about what’s next.
“We took in about 2 feet of water in our basement/ground floor level,” Catalano said. “I’m very concerned about the impending storm, with the Mississippi River near flood stage. I’m very worried about more flooding.”
During the severe flooding in New Orleans, one man saw something unusual swimming on the sidewalk: a goldfish. “Gotta call it a rain day when the goldfish are swimming on the sidewalks!” he wrote in an Instagram post shared on his design firm’s account.
Indeed, the worst is yet to come. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said about 10 to 15 inches of rain could fall within 24 hours between Friday and Saturday.
“That is a short time period for such an intense” rainfall, Edwards said.
Edwards issued a state of emergency for the state on Wednesday.
“This is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and widespread, heavy rainfall, potentially impacting every part of the state,” Edwards said in a new release.
Forecasters warned drivers to stay off flooded roads.
New Orleans City Hall closed Wednesday as the ferocious weather kept pounding the city.
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