New Orleans braces for likely hurricane
July 12, 2019 -- Tropical Storm Barry is heading towards New Orleans and threatens to turn into the first of this season’s Atlantic hurricanes – the latest in a long line of storms to strike the city.
Barry could have winds of about 120km/h, just barely over the threshold for a hurricane, when it comes ashore, making it a Category 1 storm, forecasters said.
But it is expected to bring more than 0.5 metres of rain in potentially ruinous downpours that could go on for hours as the storm passes through the metropolitan area of nearly 1.3 million people and pushes slowly inland.
President Donald Trump on Thursday night declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.