Barry Is Making Things Very Wet in Louisiana

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

It was expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast - near Morgan City - on Friday night or early Saturday.

The city's Sewerage and Water Board, which operates the pumps created to purge streets and storm drains of excess water, was expecting between 6 and 12 inches of rain, down from up to 20 inches or more in some earlier forecasts. Barry will weaken as the center moves north through Louisiana, but the big threat for most people is only just beginning.

One of the biggest factors will be the rain.

US Senator Bill Cassidy said officials with the Army Corps of Engineers told him they were "confident" that the 20-foot-high levee system protecting New Orleans, a city of 400,000, would hold. "They could get four times as much as they get for the entire month".

At least 1 hurricane has hit the USA for 4 consecutive years and the MS river has reached the highest point it has ever been during a storm of this size, as reported by ABC.

After it comes ashore, it will quickly break up as it rains itself out.

The pumps can handle the removal of about a half inch of rain an hour.

In some good news, there was concern that Barry's winds would push Gulf water up the Mississippi River and slow the natural flow. "New Orleans had already gotten 10 inches of rain over the last 36 hours and some places were already facing major flooding problems".

Companies have cut 59 per cent of oil and 49 per cent of natural gas output in the Gulf.

"Regardless of whether Barry reaches hurricane strength, the storm will produce life-threatening flooding, locally damaging winds and isolated tornadoes as it tracks inland", Duff said.

The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said.

"It is a unsafe and life-threatening storm", said meteorologist of the National Weather Service, Benjamin Schot. That should keep the river below the tops of levees in the city, according to Cantrell. The rain forecast is still significant and a reduction in flooding issues is not the same as no flooding issues. "Time is short. If you have preparations that you need to complete now is the time".

Almost 70% of crude oil production and 56% of natural gas output in the US -regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been cut because of the storm, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Sea levels have also increased as a result of global heating, so if winds are blowing towards shore, this makes flooding much more likely during high tides.

USA benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude traded above $60 a barrel on Friday, while natural gas futures are headed for a third straight weekly gain.

The storm is putting 70 per cent of newly minted U.S. LNG capacity at risk, with Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass export terminal and Sempra Energy's Cameron facility potentially in its path.

Video showed water overtopping a levee in Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

Another study found that the amount of rain that fell on the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was equal to the amount of water that evaporated from the Gulf into the storm as it formed. He said crews were working to contain the water.

New Orleans was already saturated after thunderstorms drenched it with a foot of rain on Wednesday.

Entergy Corp., which runs two nuclear power plants in Louisiana, said it's keeping a close watch on the storm.

Elsewhere, more than 120,000 customers in Louisiana and another almost 6000 customers in MS and Alabama were without power Saturday, according to

During a storm update through Facebook Live, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham pointed to a computer screen showing a huge, swirling mess of airborne water. That system is still "a long, long, long way away", Walker said.

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