Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Remnants of Tropical Storm Barry to bring rainfall to MA this week

Remnants of Tropical Storm Barry to bring rainfall to MA this week

After Barry's brief time as a hurricane on Saturday during landfall on the central Louisiana coast, the hurricane weakened rapidly on Sunday but still remains a formidable inland flood threat. Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for portions of southern Arkansas.

Citing a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement notice, Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Gulf of Mexico operators had shut-in 1.01 million barrels a day of oil production because of the storm. "This was a storm. that could have played out very, very differently". "We're thankful that the worst-case scenario did not happen".

But Barry was still proving disastrous in parts of Louisiana, particularly in areas north of Lake Charles. "Please be very careful!" Locally heavy rains will be possible from any storm that goes up.

"This additional rainfall will lead to risky, life-threatening flooding", the NHC said in a bulletin. An additional 3 to 5 inches was expected Monday in the western part of the state, including parts of the rural Delta that have been flooded for months from the Mississippi River and its backwaters. With torrential rain pounding the state's Interstate 59 corridor, only the headlights of oncoming cars were visible on the highway, and water flowed like a creek in the median.

People wade through a flooded street after Hurricane Barry in Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S. July 13, 2019. The storm came ashore around 1 p.m. CDT (18:00 UTC) with sustained winds reported at 75 miles per hour by the National Hurricane Center, making Barry a minimal Category 1 hurricane.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday the city was "beyond lucky" that rainfall there fell well short of early predictions of a deluge that could overwhelm the city's pumping systems.

Meanwhile, most airlines, which cancelled their flights due to the storm on Saturday, had resumed normal operations at New Orleans International Airport by noontime on Sunday. Two people had to be rescued from swamped cars and 19 others were moved from residences threatened by high water, he said.

As of early Monday, about 50,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without electricity, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.us.

Officials say a suspected tornado has moved through a rural area of north MS, damaging homes and knocking down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland said, "Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of southern Arkansas, northern MS and far southwestern Tennessee".

Another worry is that large trees could topple because of the saturated ground.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves said, "We want everyone to be careful, be cautious".

The New Orleans Police Department tweeted on Sunday: "HELLO @RollingStones - the @CityOfNOLA is ready to roll with you tomorrow!"

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