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Tropical Storm Barry Updates

Jul 11
7:55 AM
Tropical Storm Barry

Latest Update on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two

The City of New Orleans continues to prepare for impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, which is expected to strengthen to a tropical depression early Thursday, a tropical storm late Thursday, and a hurricane by late Friday. This system has shifted slightly eastward overnight and has the potential to impact parts of southeastern Louisiana.

  • Rain: The National Weather Service expects the primary impact from this system to be heavy rain, with rainfall totals currently predicted in the eight- to 10-inch range in New Orleans through Monday. The greatest risk for heavy rainfall currently appears to be Friday and Saturday. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m., Saturday, July 13. 
  • Wind: Strong winds are also expected in squalls Friday and through the weekend. Wind strength will depend on track and development and the most likely arrival of tropical storm-force winds is Friday morning, but could be as early as Thursday evening.
  • Tides and Coastal Flooding: Elevated tides are possible and coastal flooding may be a problem in some areas beginning late Thursday. Storm surges of 3 to 6 feet will be possible along the coast. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for areas outside of the levee system in Orleans Parish, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, and Irish Bayou.
  • Storm Surge: Effects of storm surge have the potential to increase the Mississippi River stage to 20 feet at the Carrollton Gauge on Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Mississippi River including the New Orleans area through Saturday, July 13. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority is closing flood gates along the river, all of which will be closed by Thursday evening.

The City of New Orleans has filed two emergency declarations—one for Wednesday's rain event and another for the potential impacts we may see from the tropical system.City Hall, the New Orleans Libraries, New Orleans Recreation Development facilities, and all administrative City agencies will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Residents encouraged to prepare for rain and review hurricane plans


  • Non-perishable food for 3 days
  • 3 gallons of water per person
  • Week’s supply of prescription medications
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Matches or lighter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Radio (battery operated or hand crank)
  • Books & games


  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Sweep, bag, and throw away leaves and debris from in front of catch basins.
  • Call 3-1-1 to report catch basins that are not functioning.
  • Do not lift a catch basin lid or insert anything into a catch basin.
  • Prune trees and shrubs.
  • Bring outdoor furniture and decorations inside.
  • Secure or bring garbage bins inside.


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