As Potential Tropical Cyclone Two continues to pound New Orleans, Louisiana, with rain and flooding, residents brace for the storm to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Barry, and to possibly make landfall as Hurricane Barry this weekend. The storm will likely change to Tropical Storm Barry by tomorrow and continue to strengthen.
The low-pressure system is now over the Florida panhandle, but is expected to travel into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, where it will meet warm, open waters that will fuel the storm's intensity, according to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.
The National Hurricane Center says the storm system that's brewing in the northern Gulf this week "could produce storm surge and tropical storm- or hurricane-force winds across portions of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Upper Texas coasts later this week, and interests there should closely monitor its progress".
The tropical "disturbance" set to hit the Gulf may soon become Hurricane Barry, the latest indications from the National Hurricane Center announced late Wednesday afternoon show, which designated the cluster of storms over the GoM as "Potential Tropical Cyclone 2". The heavy rain that created the flooding in New Orleans later tracked to the southwest, prompting an additional flash flood emergency for Jefferson Parish. "I'm very concerned about the impending storm, with the Mississippi River near flood stage".
While the Louisiana coast braces for what's expected to be the first formed hurricane of the 2019 season, predicted to make landfall Saturday, New Orleans on Wednesday endured torrential downpours of up to 10 inches in parts of the city.
Lines of thunderstorms associated with the system on Wednesday extended far out in into the Gulf and battered New Orleans, where at least 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain had fallen by mid-morning.More news: Alex Acosta: Trump labour chief defends Jeffrey Epstein plea deal
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MS and Texas were also at risk of torrential rains.
"The city is protected to a project height of 20 feet".
The stronger the system becomes before landfall, the greater the risk of a significant storm surge near and north and east of the center of the storm. The Category 4 storm caused an estimated 107 deaths in the United States, and an estimated $125B in property and infrastructure damage-tying Hurricane Katrina for costliest natural disaster.
Four of the largest oil refineries in the world, based on processing capacity, are located in Louisiana and Texas.
"If you haven't already prepared yourself and your family for a severe weather event, you need to go ahead and do that". Additional tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued later today or tonight west of morgan city.