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Louisiana braces for slow-moving possible weekend hurricane

Flooding rain drenches New Orleans as a future tropical storm that’s gaining steam in the northern Gulf of Mexico is likely to strike the central US Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said on July 10. AP Photo

Mandatory evacuations were ordered southeast of New Orleans on Thursday as the city and a surrounding stretch of the Gulf Coast braced for a possible hurricane over the weekend that could unload heavy rain and send water spilling over levees.

All eyes were on a weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that dumped as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) in just three hours Wednesday over parts of metro New Orleans, triggering flash flooding.

Follow the path of the storm with MSN’s hurricane tracker

It was expected to turn into a tropical storm named Barry on Thursday and, possibly, the first hurricane of the season by Friday, coming ashore along the Louisiana-Mississippi-Texas coastline and pouring more water into the already swollen Mississippi River.

Forecasters said the biggest danger in the days to come is not destructive winds but heavy rain as the slow-moving storm makes its way up the Mississippi Valley.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared an emergency and said National Guard troops and high-water vehicles will be positioned all over the state.

AP News

11th July 2019

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