Friday, 23 August, 2019

Remnants Of Barry To Bring Rain To Commonwealth

Barry's flood threat lingers though the wind system weakens - Xinhua | English.news.cn Barry likely to weaken further by Monday evening: NHC
Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2019, 16:13

Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported either in Louisiana or its neighboring states from what had briefly become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season before the National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression.

Barry, now downgraded to a tropical depression, still packed winds of up to 25 miles per hour and could drop 5 inches or more of rain on a water-logged Louisiana, forecaster Andrew Orrison of the National Weather Service said.

People walk on a street during a downpour at the French Quarter in New Orleans, on July 14, 2019.

He said he was "extremely grateful" that the storm had not caused the disastrous floods which had been forecast. More than 90 people were rescued because of high water in at least 11 parishes, Edwards said.

"We're thankful that the worst case scenario did not happen".

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"If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the flood waters as well", the fire department said on its Facebook page.

The remnants of the once mighty storm Barry, the first hurricane of the 2019 season, dumped unsafe amounts of rain as it crawled north through the United States on Monday after coming ashore west of New Orleans at the weekend. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south-central Louisiana could still have rainfall totals of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters), with isolated pockets of 15 inches (38 centimeters).

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also expressed relief. The loop above starts when Barry came onshore in Louisiana on Saturday morning as a Category One Hurricane with 75mph winds.

"We were spared", she said at a news conference, while noting the city was ready to help nearby parishes if needed.

About 51,000 customers in Louisiana, 1,800 customers in MS and an additional 1,700 customers in Arkansas were without power Sunday night, according to poweroutage.us. "It seemed as those bands moved closer to New Orleans, it seemed to just go around us".

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