Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Weakened Barry Unleashes Final Blast Of Torrential Rains

Weakened Barry Unleashes Final Blast Of Torrential Rains

Hurricane Barry, which had diminished to a tropical depression Monday, remained a risky storm that still threatened floods, tornadoes and a new concern - snakes. Rain totals will range from 1 to 2 inches in most locations, but a few locations could see even more. In excess of 90 individuals had been safeguarded in 11 areas, however there were no reports of fatalities related to the weather.

Some of the earliest fears that the storm posed didn't play out: A shift in its path decreased the possibility of major Mississippi River levees being overtopped at New Orleans, where catastrophic levee breaches along canals devastated the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Edwards says he's "extremely grateful" Barry did not produce the devastating floods that forecasters predicted. Tornadoes were possible in parts of MS and Alabama, he said.

"We're thankful that the worst-case scenario did not happen", said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Poweroutage.us reported more than 50,000 customers in Louisiana and more than 4,000 customers in MS were without power early Monday.

A store owner in New Iberia, Louisiana, says Barry flooded his building with more than a foot of water, ruining furniture and computer equipment. Keep alert to the possible issuance of a flash flood watch by the National Weather Service on Tuesday.

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Forecasters had warned of a continued threat of heavy rains into Monday as the center of the storm trudged inland.

"We were spared", she said at a news conference, while noting the city was ready to help nearby parishes if needed.

Across southern Louisiana, Barry's heavy winds scattered tree branches and knocked down power lines, leaving an estimated hundred thousand people without electricity. "It seemed as those bands moved closer to New Orleans, it seemed to just go around us".

Edwards thanked the public for taking officials' warnings seriously over the weekend, but he also reminded residents that it is still relatively early in the Atlantic's hurricane season.

"There will be a next time and I think this prepared us".

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