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Barry Impacts: Flooding and Toppled Trees in Mississippi; Evacuation Orders Lifted in Louisiana
Published: July 15, 2019
The storm that was once Hurricane Barry continued its slow slog inland Monday, bringing the the threat of heavy rain and tornadoes.
Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.
The heaviest rain early Monday morning was from southwest and central Louisiana to southwest Mississippi. More than a foot of rain had fallen just north of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Low-lying areas were starting to see flooding in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
More than 50,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Monday morning, according to poweroutages.us.
A hurricane for a brief time Saturday, Barry weakened to a tropical depression late Sunday afternoon.
A possible tornado left damage in the Antioch area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and to the east in Livingston Parish about 10:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, WBRZ reported.
Earlier Sunday, soggy ground and high winds led to downed trees in parts of southern Mississippi, where several tornado warnings were issued.
Late Saturday, a family of five had to be plucked from their flooded home by National Guard troops in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, KTBS-TV.
Earlier Saturday, Barry caused at least three levees to overtop in parishes south of New Orleans, prompting evacuation orders. Most of those were lifted by Sunday afternoon.
There were numerous reports of downed trees and power lines throughout southern Louisiana, as well as some localized flooding.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Sunday the city was "beyond lucky" that rainfall there fell well short of early predictions of a deluge that could overwhelm the city's pumping systems.
"We were spared," she said at a news conference, while noting the city was ready to help nearby parishes hit harder.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards thanked the public for taking officials' warnings seriously over the weekend, but he also reminded residents that it is still relatively early in the Atlantic's hurricane season.
"Based on what we've experienced, I think (we will be) even better prepared for next time — and we do know that there will be a next time," Edwards said.
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