Barry hurricane as it lashes Louisiana coast – live updates
Level 1 Storm Hurricane Barry is plundering the Louisiana coast in heavy rain. The road was flooded and thousands of people had no electricity, forcing some people to evacuate. The powerful winds of the storm overturned trees and fired aluminum in the coastal community of Chauvin.
Barry is expected to land on Saturday morning, about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans in Morgantown. The storm is located about 50 miles west of Morgantown and has a maximum sustained wind speed of 75 miles per hour.
Hurricane Barry: Facts
- More than 58,000 people in Louisiana have no rights.
- A powerful Level 1 storm is expected to land near Morgan City on Saturday afternoon.
- In southeastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi, Barry may bring “dangerous, life-threatening floods” with rainfall exceeding 20 inches.
- Both countries issued an emergency statement before the storm.
We have not yet got out of the woods”
As the hurricane hit the Louisiana coast, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell urged residents to remain vigilant. “We haven’t gotten out of the woods yet,” she said at a news conference on Saturday. “The main risk in New Orleans is still heavy rain,” she added.
Barry strengthened the hurricane
The National Hurricane Center said that Barry had strengthened the Category 1 hurricane on Saturday morning. The maximum sustained wind speed of the hurricane is 75 mph.
The storm is 40 miles south of Lafayette and is moving northwest at 6 mph.
Coast Guard rescued 12 people in the flood
The US Coast Guard rescued 12 people in the floods in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, the military said in a statement on Saturday. They responded to the residential area after a distress call at 4:30 in the morning.
Coast Guard officials arrived at the scene with a small boat and helicopter. A crew member lifted four people and their cats and transported them to a nearby port.
“Hurricanes and tropical storms can be fatal. As the storm approaches landing, the Coast Guard’s ability to rescue continues to weaken and may not exist during peak storms,” the military department warned in a statement.