Louisiana flooding, feeling effects of Tropical Storm Barry

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Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Tropical Storm Barry develops off the coast of Louisiana. It could become the first hurricane of the 2019 season before making landfall Friday night or Saturday morning.

As it churned and intensified in the warm waters of the gulf Wednesday, the storm system dumped almost eight inches of rain on New Orleans in just a few hours. Flood waters swamped downtown, turning streets into rivers.

But that could just be a taste of what’s to come – the slow-moving storm could bring up to 20 inches of rain to some parts of Louisiana by Monday according to forecasters. Officials in New Orleans are urging residents to stay home, and have supplies for at least three days.

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