Tropical Storm Barry nears New Orleans, raising flood threat
Nervous New Orleans residents prepared to flee as Tropical Storm Barry closed in on Thursday, with forecasts of "extreme rain" and more flooding ahead of the storm's predicted landfall early on Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019. Barry coalesced in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph), a day after the gathering storm drenched New Orleans with nearly a foot (30 cm) of rain, the National Weather Service said. A tropical storm warning was posted late on Thursday afternoon for metropolitan New Orleans, and a hurricane warning was in effect for a long stretch of the Louisiana coast south of the city.
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