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New Orleans Braces as Storm Barry Nears

13 July 2019

The convention brings more than 16,000 women from all over the nation, but Tropical Storm Barry cut the convention short.

There have been reports of downed power lines on the island, Sabatini said, but flooding on Highway 1 and other areas has prevented crews from accessing the island.

"Just those impacted by the storm have gone through the necessary emergency procedures to evacuate personnel and prepare for the worst", Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Gifford Briggs said exclusively on FOX Business' "The Claman Countdown" Friday.

States of emergency have been declared in the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes, with mandatory evacuations ordered in Jefferson and Plaquesmine parishes. The storm, crawling along at 5 miles per hour, is expected to be a hurricane by the time it reaches shore, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The combination of risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland.

While New Orleans authorities refrained from ordering evacuations and advised residents to shelter in place instead, tourism officials reported an exodus of hotel guests checking out early on Friday.

Barry is getting stronger as it creeps across the Gulf of Mexico's warm waters en route to a landfall expected early Saturday in Louisiana. "It's always been about the rain". "I told my son it's better to be safe than sorry", she said.

"Everything I own is in it", he said of his truck. She still plans to go but stocked up on canned food and water in case her "hurrication" falls through and she has to ride out the storm, she said. They said Delta is a lifetime commitment, so they have plenty of time. "Trauma stays in your body, and Katrina left a lot of trauma behind".

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The level of Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary on the city's northern flank, rose by 3 feet on Friday, triggering the closure of a flood gate on a canal that breached during Katrina, said Derrick Boese, chief administrator for the local flood control agency.

"It performed well", he said, adding, "you never know exactly what Mother Nature's going to throw at you". Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle are also at risk for extreme rain, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said Thursday.

"We can not pump our way out of the water levels. that are expected to hit the city of New Orleans", she warned.

In regards to the box office, distributors aren't expected a major fallout from Barry with that portion of the Gulf Coast region generating less than 1% of the weekend's ticket sales.

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New Orleans Braces as Storm Barry Nears