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Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes


© Bryan Thomas for The New York Times Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry to make landfall at Morgan City, La., on Saturday. The city has had many close calls in recent years but not a direct hit.



Morgan City’s motto is “Right in the Middle of Everywhere.” On Saturday morning, the Louisiana city of 12,000 people may find itself right in the middle of a hurricane.


Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry, now out in the Gulf of Mexico, to develop into a Category 1 hurricane and land right on the city, which has had many close calls in recent years but not a direct hit. Residents and business owners are already filling sandbags, gassing up generators and gathering food and water supplies.


“We’ve been dodging the bullet for the last 10 years,” Mayor Frank Grizzaffi said in an interview Thursday. “Every time a hurricane comes up, it’s somewhere near Morgan City. This time, I think we’re finally going to get it.”



The New York Times

12th July 2019

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