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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:39 PM

Tropical Storm Barry closes in with what could be epic rain

Source: AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in with the potential for an epic drenching that could prove whether New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana learned the lessons of Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago.

With the strengthening storm expected to blow ashore early Saturday near Morgan City as the first hurricane of the season, authorities rushed to close floodgates and raise the barriers around the New Orleans metropolitan area of 1.3 million people for fear of disastrous flooding.

About 3,000 National Guard troops along with other rescue crews were posted around the state with boats, high-water vehicles and helicopters. Drinking water was lined up, and utility crews with bucket trucks moved into position in the region.

"This is happening. ... Your preparedness window is shrinking," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. He added: "It's powerful. It's strengthening. And water is going to be a big issue."

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/tropical-storm-barry-closes-in-with-what-could-be-epic-rain/ar-AAEcmlz?li=BBnb7Kz

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Reply Tropical Storm Barry closes in with what could be epic rain (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Friday OP
Dennis Donovan Friday #1
progree Friday #2
Roy Rolling Friday #3
winstars Friday #4
dixiegrrrrl Friday #5
KY_EnviroGuy Friday #7
James48 Friday #6
Ilsa Friday #8

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:40 PM

1. Rain, OR surge, hopefully not both all at once.

Stay safe, NOLA DUers.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:07 PM

2. Much of New Orleans remains underwater after more than 8 inches of rain inundated the city Wednesday

Last edited Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:53 PM - Edit history (4)

https://news.yahoo.com/new-orleans-already-underwater-as-potential-hurricane-closes-in-on-gulf-coast-182631469.html
New Orleans already underwater as tropical storm approaches, Yahoo News, 7/11/19

... As it slowly approaches land, Barry is expected to drop up to 20 inches of additional rain to the region between Friday and Sunday, enough to potentially top levees that help protect New Orleans.

In addition to Barry’s massive rainfall, the storm is projected to bring a 3- to 6-foot surge, which is especially concerning given that the Mississippi River — swollen from months of record-setting rains across several heartland states — is expected to crest at 19 feet above sea level over the weekend. Levee heights along sections of the river that protect neighborhoods such as the Lower Ninth Ward, Bywater, Algiers and St. Bernard Parish are listed at 20 feet.

Many parts of the French Quarter are already flooded ...


EDITED 9:20 P.M. 7/12/19 to add --

Another such from USA Today, with lots of pics and videos

New Orleans is already flooded — and the worst may be yet to come: Forecasters are predicting a hurricane
Published 10:45 p.m. ET July 10, 2019 | Updated 9:33 a.m. ET July 11, 2019
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/10/new-orleans-already-flooded-hurricane-on-way/1699836001/

And the New Orleans Times Picayune, updated July 10 11:24 AM
New Orleans flooding caused by sudden rain in what might be 'a taste of what could occur'
https://www.nola.com/news/article_e7cd222a-a329-11e9-8b2d-ab8749f9d28a.html

A massive thunderstorm swept into the New Orleans area Wednesday, dropping several inches of rain that flooded streets, homes and businesses in a prelude to the likely hurricane that forecasters expect will hit in the next two days.

The intense storm left the metro area scrambling to clean up after a day of flooded first floors, engulfed vehicles and hours-long traffic jams across wide swaths of the city, including in many neighborhoods that rarely—if ever—see street flooding.

... The rain left the city once again swamped and residents scrambling to dry out, a scenario that has been replaying itself with alarming frequency.
(more details of flooded areas follow)

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Response to progree (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 08:51 PM

3. Misleading Yahoo story

I can assure you, New Orleans dried out quickly from Wednesday morning’s deluge. Within minutes to hours the streets were completely free of water, since the rain ceased by noon.

If this headline is to make us think New Orleans streets are already flooded before the tropical storm Barry approaches, it’s 100% bullsh*t.

I spend my days fighting political propaganda and fake news, I can tell everyone who reads my reply that someone is not doing their job of journalism here. This is fake news.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 09:27 PM

4. Its just now begun to rain in NOLA. The FIRST RAIN SINCE WEDNESDAY!

It was sunny on Thursday and today, Friday...

Tonight and tomorrow, rain and lots of it!!!

But for two days as the sun shined, the TV was blaring BS!!!

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:04 PM

5. Thank you for setting the record straight..



I stopped watching televised weather reports, esp. national ones, some years ago because of the way they overly dramatize, and in some cases, down right lie about weather impacts.
There are a couple now famous videos on YouTube showing such fakery. One is a female "reporter" in a canoe, dramatically pretending to paddle, then 2 guys walk past, water just over their ankles.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:22 PM

7. It will be interesting to watch the river gauges the next week or so....

since some are still approaching peak levels from spring storms upriver. Baton Rouge looks scary high.

Looking at the river gauge forward predictions now, I don't think they're including water from this storm. At this time, the predicted storm track is up the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, so everything will go right back toward the Gulf.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:51 PM

6. New Orleans will become Trump's New Orleans.

Fitting.

I wonder how many will die while Trump is busy golfing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 11:40 PM

8. Warmer planet, more moisture in air,

Heavier rainfalls with storms.

Don't know if that's true, but it was one change explained.

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