"There are three ways in which Louisiana can be flooded: storm surges, high rivers and rain, and we will all have three," Governor John Bel Edwards said in a news conference on Thursday.
Barry grows stronger as he sneaks across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to a landing expected in Louisiana early Saturday.
Even though it could reach the strength of a hurricane, the real threat to it is around 10 million people on their way to rain, which could quickly trigger an unprecedented flood.
Ten to 15 more inches of rain are on the way, CNN meteorologist said Derek Van Dam, threatening to flood the ground, which was already soaked by a Wednesday storm that flooded some homes and businesses in New Orleans.
In the meantime, another risk threatens the Mississippi. Normally the river at this time of the year is 6 to 8 feet around the Big Easy, 1
On ET Friday, Barry was 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. Approximately 800,000 people are exposed to a hurricane warning along the coast of Louisiana, from south of Lafayette to south of New Orleans.
Barry is the first storm of the 2019 season, approaching the United States.
Stocking up or taking off.
President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for the Louisiana where officials activated The governor said that 3,000 National Guard members could bring Barry awaiting destruction.
"Adhere to the warnings," he told CNN's John Berman on Friday morning, pointing out that deaths occur frequently when motorists try to flood through drive.
"It is deeper than they believe, and there are also currents that are sometimes imperceptible," Edwards said. "We need people who do not drive through stagnant water."
While some were ordered to evacuate in lower-lying areas, officials in the most densely populated areas have not ordered eviction.
Many residents are unwilling to endure the expense and effort of leaving, compared to a few unpleasant hours or days without electricity. Many also want to stay at home so they can pick up water when it rises, and then dry out floors and drywall once it goes down.
Pamela Hughes will survive the storm in her mother's caravan in Port Sulfur, which is subject to a mandatory evacuation order, she said.
"I really do not think it's going to be too bad," she told CNN
Others, including Kristopher Williams, are staying behind to protect their pets and their belongings.
"Everything I own is in it," he said over his truck. "I'm not an ignorant person, I know the dangers, I also know how to get out of almost every obstacle I encounter."
Overfilled pumps and pipes
The network of drainage pumps, underground pipes and sewers in New Orleans was once overcrowded this week in rain. And although water was accumulating on some roads for a short time, the storm was a good test for the drainage system, Edwards said.
"It went well," he said, adding, "you never know exactly what Mother Nature will throw at you … but I'm confident that New Orleans will weather this storm (Barry) pretty well . " good fashion.
Flooding concerns are not limited to Louisiana. Meteorologist Haley Brink, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle are also exposed to extreme rain.
The Mississippi Delta Region is also vulnerable to Friday night tornadoes.
Holly Yan of CNN, Brandon Miller, Paul P. Murphy, Darran Simon and Dakin Andone have contributed to this report.