Tropical Storm Barry was approaching Friday with strong winds and heavy rain off the coast of the state of Louisiana, where it will hit land early on Saturday as a hurricane and is expected to produce a dangerous combination of storm surge and flooding inland.
"The main concern that Barry awakens is water, both that of the storm surge (which advances over coastal territories) and the flooding of fresh water inland.It is a situation that puts human lives at risk and must be taken seriously," he said. the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Twitter.
The fact that the level of the Mississippi River, which at this time of year is usually 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters), is currently 16 feet (4.8 meters), puts New Orleans In a situation that reminds us of the devastating hurricane "Katrina" (2005), some media point out.
In its bulletin of the local 20 hours of Miami (00.00 GMT), the NHC located to Barry to 120 miles (190 km) of the mouth of the Missipi, where is New Orleans, and to about 85 miles (130 km) of Morgan City , near which is expected to land.
The storm had slowed down to 4 miles per hour (6 km / h) and maintained maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km / h) with stronger gusts.
Winds with tropical storm force extended up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center of the storm.
According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a category 1 hurricane has winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour (119 to 153 km / h).
Barry, who is close to reaching that wind range, will become a hurricane a few hours before making landfall.
It will be the first hurricane of the 2019 season in the Atlantic basin, which before its official start (June 1) accounted for the subtropical storm "Andrea", which dissipated immediately and caused no damage.
The NHC has issued various warnings of tropical storm and hurricane for a wide area of the Gulf of Mexico coasts.
According to the bulletin, the accumulation of water by rain can reach a maximum of 25 inches (63.5 cm) at isolated points and the storm surge reach a maximum of six feet (1.8 meters).
The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency in Louisiana in preparation for Barry's impact.
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