Rainfall floods New Orleans streets, city bracing for possible hurricane

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Lines of thunderstorms associated with the system ranged far out in into the Gulf and battered New Orleans, where as much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain fell over a three-hour period Wednesday morning, forecasters said.

The governor said that includes activating the Texas Task Force 1 with four high-water rescue boat squads ready and having almost 700 Department of Public Safety officers on standby for possible deployment. Heavy rain will be likely in any storms that pop up in relation to the tropical system.

The NWS has issued a HURRICANE WATCH from the mouth of the Mississippi River west along the coast of Louisiana to Cameron.

The storm is most likely to make landfall west of New Orleans on Saturday, National Weather Service senior hurricane specialist Jack Beven said.

The additional rain could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans, officials said.

"We're confident the levees themselves are in good shape".

In addition to the major flood threat, tropical storm winds and hurricane force gusts 75 miles per hour or greater will be possible during the height of storm, which is currently set for Saturday.the data supplied by the European Model is just a rough guide for now.but again, there may be some big changes depending on final intensity and track.

The system is still expected to gradually become a tropical storm Thursday with an initial southwestward motion turning westerly Thursday and then northwesterly toward the Acadiana Coast Friday into Saturday. The system is predicted to reach the Louisiana coast by this weekend as Category 1 Hurricane Barry.

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The center on Wednesday began issuing advisories about the weather system, even though it hasn't yet become a named storm.

Flash floods hit the city in August 2017, exposing major problems with equipment and personnel at the Sewerage and Water Board and led to major leadership shake-ups at the agency.

Key messages for this system can be found in the tropical cyclone discussion under awips header miatcdat2 and wmo header wtnt32 kNHC.

MS and Texas were also at risk of torrential rain.

Operations at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the only US port where the largest crude tankers can load and unload, were normal on Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman said. Korban said that amount of rain will overwhelm any drainage system.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a statewide emergency in light of the gathering storm. "As this thing moves west, it's going to keep growing stronger, but we'll see no increase in wind ..."

"The entire coast of Louisiana is at play in this storm", Edwards said.