NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans officials warned the city's residents to provide supplies and prepare to shelter their homes on Friday as a Tropical Storm “Threatening” Barry was about to enter a country as the first Atlantic hurricane in 2019.
While hurricane-force winds were not yet at the tempest, it was expected that it would give up rainy rain up to 25 inches (64 cm) in certain places, officials said there were already floods on the Mississippi River.
“Barry's Tropical Storm is a dangerous and life-threatening storm,” said Benjamin Schott, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, with a news conference. “A major impact can … record flooding.” T
Rolling Stones officials canceled a concert on Sunday night. Residents were ordered to evacuate some nearby areas, but the Mayor of New Orleans said no evacuation from the low city had been ordered which reinforced its flood defenses following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
US President Donald Trump confirmed a state of emergency for Louisiana, and the region's oil production was halved as energy companies changed offshore drilling facilities.
Barry parked a maximum durable wind up 65 miles per hour (100 km / h) on Friday morning and was 100 miles (160 km) southwest of the Mississippi River.
Barry is likely to strengthen a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said, with winds of at least 74 mph (119 km) by the time it reaches Louisiana's central Saturday coast.
A coastal storm surge was expected to be introduced in the mouth of the Mississippi River which passes through the heart of New Orleans, pushing its crest to 19 feet (5.79 m) on Saturday. This would have been the highest since 1950 and was dominated by the city toppings.
New Orleans are already soaked after flooded torrential rain on Wednesday.
“If it's worse than the other day, it's the worst week from Katrina,” said Robert Harris, 61, polishing his trombon while sitting in a folding chair on a stone street.
Memories of that storm, which flooded much of the city and killed 1,800 people, are deeply embedded in New Orleans.
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Barry's endurance was expected to ski on the western edge of New Orleans, avoiding direct strikes. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that 48 hours of heavy pump pumps could be designed to clear excessive storm streets and drains.
“There is no system in the world that can handle this amount of rain in such a short space of time,” said Cantrell on Twitter.
Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers of the United States, who keep the levees, claimed that there is unlikely to be any significant breach of the 20 feet high levees in New Orleans.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for Plaquemines Parish areas over the south-east of the city and for low communities in Jefferson Parish, southwest.
Barry has closed more than 1 million barrels of offshore oil production and the coastal evacuation orders forced any refinery to stop operations.
New Orleans residents argued that they intend to reach the supermarkets for bottled water, ice, snacks and beer, grocery stores that thronging that some of them were running out of shopping carts. Across the city, car drivers parked on the raised median strips of roads left them expecting that the extra elevation would protect them from flood damage.
Larry Gumpert, owner of a 74-year-old pest control company, said he had planned to bring the shepherd down at home, spend the time cooking and keep up on housework.
He was concerned that the storm would affect the old pumps of the city to remove age from flood waters.
“If all the projections come to light, we're going to see big street flooding,” Gumpert said. “The Army Corps has spent time, money and energy trying to consolidate the city. This is a good test of what they have done from Katrina. We'll see. "
Additional reporting at Gabriella Borter in New York and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Scott Malone wrote; Edited by David Gregorio and Cynthia Osterman
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