As Tropical Storm Barry slogged toward the Gulf Coast on Friday, towns near the Louisiana coast were feeling the effects of a storm expected to be a hurricane when it reaches the mainland Saturday.
In Houma, there were sustained winds of 33 mph and gusts of almost 50 mph. In Lafouche Parish, water was already washing over the main state highway. Officials in St. Mary Parish said they are expecting 10 to 20 inches in the next three days.
It is the rainfall and storm surge from Barry that worries meteorologists and authorities. "What we are faced with, as we're being told, is heavy rain, a slow-moving storm," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
antrell said that inside the city's vast flood protection system, residents are asked to be home by 8 p.m. and to stay indoors after that. Those outside of levee protection are being asked to voluntarily evacuate as floodgates in the city are being closed.
My dad, who has worked as a rescuer and knows a little more than I do about these things, tells me this is likely to be a bad'un not because of the wind but because of the flooding. It's a slow moving storm and the land around NOLA is already saturated and more.
This link has quite a bit. Nothing fake about this one. It could do real damage. All we can do at this point is hope it won't.