Louisiana (USA) is already receiving strong winds from Tropical Storm Barry, which strengthened a bit and is about to become the first hurricane in the Atlantic basin this year and make landfall near the city of Morgan City, reported on Saturday the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Southeast Louisiana, which already faces blackouts in tens of thousands of homes, especially fears floods from the storm surge and rains, mainly the city of New Orleans, which reminds of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and devastation that left the waters.
In its Miami 8-hour local newsletter (11.00 GMT), the NHC placed Barry 50 miles (80 km) west southwest of Morgan City, and about 60 miles (95 km) south of Lafayette and noted that in the "next hours" will touch earth.
The storm is moving a little faster at 5 miles per hour (7 km / h) and strengthened its maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (115 km / h) with stronger gusts.
According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a category 1 hurricane has winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour (119 to 153 km / h).
The NHC has issued a hurricane warning between the city of Intracoastal City and Grand Isle, in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Similarly, a storm surge warning between Intracoastal City and Biloxi, and Lake Pontchartrain, which is a neighbor of New Orleans.
There is also a tropical storm warning between the mouths of Pearl River and Grand Isle, on Pontchartrain and Maurepas lakes, including the New Orleans metropolitan area, and between Intracoastal City and Cameron.
"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. warned the NHC).
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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