The edges of Tropical Storm Barry lash the coast of Louisiana with heavy rain. Roads are flooded and tens of thousands are out of power, forcing some evacuations. The strong winds of the storm overturned trees and blasted aluminum panels in the coastal municipality of Chauvin.
Barry is expected to land late Saturday morning, most likely as a hurricane, about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans, Morgan City. The storm is about 90 kilometers southwest of Morgan City with a maximum continuous wind speed of 1
Tropical Storm Barry: Fast Facts
- More than 56,000 people are without power in Louisiana.
- The mighty storm is expected to land at 12 pm near Morgan City ET.
- Barry could cause "dangerous, life-threatening flooding" with more than 20 inches of rainfall in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.
New Orleans on alert for dangerous floods
Ray Peters of New Orleans said he and his family are preparing for the worst. CBS News talked to him as he loaded several heavy sandbags into his pickup to house her in his apartment.
"We have the generator ready, my lights, my food, etc.," said Peters, one of many natives Hurricane Katrina survived.
Predictors said Barry is unlikely to be a wild hurricane, but some residents take no chances.
"I was here because of Katrina, we had 23 feet of water here," said a resident. "I learned this lesson the hard way."
No compulsory evacuations were ordered in the city. Instead, officials called on residents to stay in place while instructing tourists to stay in hotels. Many shops in the popular French Quarter of the city are networked and closed.
– Omar Villafranca reports from New Orleans. ET
CBS News lost power on Saturday morning at a hotel in Morgan City. Thousands of inhabitants are without electricity in the whole city. The storm creeps at 5 miles per hour. The forecasters initially thought the landing would be ET at 7am. They now predict that it will land around 12:00. ET. – David Begnaud reports from Morgan City
CBS News lost power on Saturday morning at a hotel in Morgan City. Thousands of inhabitants are without electricity in the whole city. The storm creeps at 5 miles per hour. The forecasters initially thought the landing would be ET at 7am. They now predict that it will land around 12:00. ET.
– David Begnaud reports from Morgan City
The FAA says it "closely monitors" the storm
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement on Friday saying it was the one observed tropical storm Barry. "We are preparing facilities and equipment to withstand storm damage along the planned storm route, so we can quickly resume disaster relief after its expiry," the agency said.
The explanation included tips for travelers who might be hit by the storm. The FAA advises airlines to inquire about flight status and take into account all aspects of travel, from parking, check-in, to security and boarding without remote certification or exceptions to flying.
Some Louisians choose to stay behind.
President Trump's declaration of urgency releases more federal resources and will help coordinate the response to the impending disaster. Before the storm, the residents of Louisiana docked boats in low-lying areas, stockpiled them, prepared sandbags, and disembarked on Thursday.
"Whenever there is a disturbance, it always bothers me," said Ken Smith.
But some wanted to stay behind. "Help people who need help, join in, party with them," a man said.
Begnaud reported that Grand Isle, one of the evacuated communities, has five permanent drainage pumps and six temporary pumps to help with the expected flood.
FEMA personnel were already in place in Louisiana, and 3,000 National Guard members were also called in to help.
New Orleans residents prepare for flood Barry
In New Orleans, the improvements made to the storm system following Hurricane Katrina are put to the test.
In the low-lying areas south of the city, some residents pay attention to the warnings: fill up, pack up, and in some parishes and evacuate. Preparations included closing massive locks and tying shrimp boats.
Storms that caused a flash flood in New Orleans on Wednesday were a fresh reminder of what a deluge can do. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said drainage pumps work, but said, "We can not pump out of the water level and waterfalls that are likely to be hit."
All eyes are on the dikes that protect the city. The predicted crest was revised to 17 feet, and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it was unlikely to overrun it.