Tropical Storm Barry hits Louisiana coast with wind and heavy rains
Tropical storm &# 171; Barry&# 187; hit Louisiana
Mandatory evacuation announced in some areas of the state
NEW ORLEANS —
Hurricane «Barry» hit the coast of Louisiana. According to the National Hurricane Watching Center, «Barry» emerged from the Gulf of Mexico onto land in the Intracostal City area of southern Louisiana.
On Saturday afternoon, forecasters assigned the storm «Barry» hurricane status, however, immediately after reaching land, the hurricane lost some of its power. Forecasters now again characterize it as a powerful tropical storm. Maximum wind speed at epicenter «Barry» is now 112 km / h, CNN reports, citing the National Hurricane Watching Center.
Shortly after landfall, the strength of the hurricane will weaken, and it will again be transferred to the category of a storm – this will happen within 24-36 hours.
The National Hurricane Observation Center has warned that «Barry», is likely to bring dangerous storm surges as well as high winds and rains.
Crude oil production in the United States-controlled areas of the Gulf of Mexico fell by almost 70%, or 1.3 million barrels per day, on Saturday, according to the US Bureau of Safety and Environment (BSEE).
Production ceased for a total of 283 platforms located in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
New Orleans authorities have recommended that residents take refuge in their homes. Mandatory evacuations have been announced in two coastal counties south of the city. Most of the tourists left the city on Friday. Some airlines canceled flights from New Orleans on Saturday.
According to the National Hurricane Watching Center, «Barry» became the first Atlantic hurricane this season. The main threat from the storm is not associated with strong winds, but with possible flooding. Many believe the storm will test the city’s post-storm weather system. «Katrina», who claimed the lives of about 1800 people in 2005.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Thursday night, empowering the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the use of federal funds and resources to help the state cope with the storm and its aftermath. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.
On Friday, the maximum wind speed inside the storm reached 100 kilometers per hour. It is expected to cause severe flooding given that some areas can receive up to 60 centimeters of rainfall..
New Orleans, which has already faced floods caused by heavy rains on Wednesday, is likely to experience new flash floods. Flash floods also threaten the city of Baton Rouge.
The mandatory evacuation order affected approximately 10,000 people living near the Mississippi site off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. South and Southeastern Louisiana residents warn of possible storm surges.
Along with heavy rains and strong winds «Barry» can bring a tornado. The storm is expected to subside as it moves inland.
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