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Barry threatens Louisiana, Arkansas, downgraded to tropical depression



Gulf Coast states Sunday.

The Gulf Coast states Sunday Steadily weakening since it made landfall in Louisiana, Barry's rain bands created a flooding and tornado threat from central to Mississippi and beyond.

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Forecasters warned of a continued threat of heavy rain into Monday as the center of the storm trudged inland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Louisiana could have had rainfall totals of up to 12 inches, with isolated pockets of 15 inches.

In Mississippi, forecasters said 8 inches of rain had fallen into parts of Jasper and Jones counties , with several more inches possible. With the torrential rain pounding the state's Interstate 59 corridor, the headlights of oncoming cars were visible on the highway, and water flowed like a creek in the median.

Barry's center continued to move through northern Louisiana into Arkansas.

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12,000 customers in Louisiana and another 5,000 customers in Mississippi were without power Sunday afternoon, according to poweroutage.us.

In Mandeville, north of New Orleans along Lake Pontchartrain, Michael Forbes was picking up limbs and other debris at his home as a drizzle fell.

"I'll take this any day on something like Katrina," he said Sunday.

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

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

In a sign that the city was returning to normal, flights were resuming Sunday at its airport.

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President Trump took to the front of the region to be on guard As the day went on.

"A big risk of major flooding in the Gulf Coast," the president tweeted . "Please be careful!"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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