Barry makes landfall in Louisiana, residents brace for... - ABC News

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Dangerous and slow-moving Barry made landfall as a hurricane along the central Louisiana coast Saturday afternoon as residents braced for life-threatening rain, storm surge and winds. Some areas of Louisiana are under mandatory evacuation orders as Barry -- the first hurricane of the Atlantic season -- barrels through the state. Barry was at Category 1 hurricane strength when it made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, before weakening to a tropical storm. Though the storm is no longer a hurricane, it's set to bring extremely dangerous amounts of rainfall overnight, which could lead to flash flooding.
People battle the wind and rain from Hurricane Barry as it nears landfall in New Orleans, July 13, 2019. David J. Phillip/AP
A man looks out at a flooded road towards Lake Pontchartrain as Tropical Storm Barry approaches in Mandeville, La., July 13, 2019. Dan nderson/REX via EPA
Rainfall could reach 20 inches in some areas. The hardest hit spots will be west of New Orleans, from Morgan City to Lafayette to Baton Rouge.
Barry rainfall forecast. ABC News
In Terrebonne Parish, trapped residents were rescued by an air crew early Saturday as floodwaters rose, according to the Coast Guard. In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Saturday urged residents and visitors to shelter in place, stay off the roads and brace for flooding. All flights to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are cancelled for the day. "We are not in any way out of the woods," Cantrell said Saturday. "It is coming our way." The Rolling Stones moved their Sunday concert in the city to Monday.
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