Tropical Storm Barry Brings 'Significant Flooding Threat' To Louisiana

Tropical Storm Barry Drenches Southern Louisiana

Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday and continues to dump heavy rains across Louisiana as it slowly moves north. Barry briefly became a Category 1 hurricane but weakened as it headed inland. The National Hurricane Center said Barry is moving north at six mph with sustained winds of 40 mph.

"Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches," the NHC said. "This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

Officials warn that 11 million people from the Gulf Coast to the southern Midwest are under flash flood watches as Barry crawls north towards Arkansas.

New Orleans was spared the brunt of the storm, and the levees are holding up fine. The city was initially forecast to receive upwards of ten inches of rain but will end up getting between two and four inches by the time Barry clears out.

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