Tag: Floods

India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

India’s water crisis offers a striking reminder of how climate change is rapidly morphing into a climate emergency. Piped water has run dry in Chennai, the southern state of Tamil Nadu’s capital, and 21 other Indian cities are also facing the specter of “Day Zero,” when municipal water sources are unable to meet demand. Chennai, […]

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Death Toll Grows From Floods and Landslides Across South Asia

The death toll mounted Monday from flooding and landslides caused by torrential weekend rains in India and Nepal, as China reported record flooding in its rivers and aid workers in Bangladesh scrambled to secure a huge refugee camp that was inundated by mud and water. The hardest-hit country appeared to be Nepal, where the police […]

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Still Menaced by Flooding, Louisiana Dodges a Storm’s Worst Blows

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tropical Storm Barry’s second day on land brought waves of both relief and worry on Sunday. The slow-moving storm continued to kick up funnel clouds, tornadoes and sheets of heavy rain in parts of Louisiana, leaving some coastal communities with waterlogged homes and flooded roads. But the state’s largest metropolitan areas, […]

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Acute Monsoon Flooding in Nepal and India Leaves Dozens Dead

At least 47 people have died in Nepal and 25 more in India, with hundreds of thousands of others displaced from their homes, after severe flooding driven by heavy monsoon rains battered South Asia, officials said on Sunday. In Nepal, the areas affected worst by the deluge were in the west of the country, Bed […]

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Tropical Storm Live Updates: Barry’s Drenching Rains Still a Menace

ImageA bar in Mandeville, La., along Lake Pontchartrain was flooded as Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times Moving slow and still raining hard on Sunday The center of the storm was about 80 miles southeast of Shreveport, La., early on Sunday morning, and not going anywhere in a […]

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Hurricane Barry Spares New Orleans (So Far), as Inland Cities Brace for Floods

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Barry crept onto the shores of Louisiana west of flood-weary New Orleans on Saturday, drawing cautious optimism from city residents who saw little rainfall from the storm as of evening, and from officials in western coastal parishes that were drenched and battered but had prepared for much worse. After a brief […]

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Photos of Tropical Storm Barry’s Crawl Toward the Louisiana Coast

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana residents hunkered down on Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Barry punched its way slowly and ominously toward the coast, causing widespread power failures, more than a dozen emergency rescues and pounding rainfall in some communities. The major storm, the first to strike the country this season, was proving to be a […]

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Hurricane Barry Live Updates: Storm Is Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane

Here’s what you need to know: ImageCharmiker Lewis, right, with Delmyree Stott, 6, along a flooded ramp on the Mississippi River walkway in New Orleans on Friday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times The storm is now a hurricane. But rain is the greatest threat. Hurricane Barry has strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained wind speeds […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Live Updates: Louisiana Braces for Landfall

Here’s what you need to know: The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday morning. Tropical Storm Barry is expected to sweep into south Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane early Saturday morning. By 4 a.m. local time, the storm’s rain bands had begun battering the coast, though it had yet to make landfall. […]

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Katrina on Its Mind, New Orleans Keeps an Anxious Eye on Tropical Storm Barry

NEW ORLEANS — Water can come at you from multiple angles in a city surrounded by it. Joseph Thomas, 51, remembers how it came into his neighborhood last time. “We would not be talking about Katrina had the levees not broke,” he said, explaining that the disaster in 2005 happened because faulty levees and flood […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Updates: Tracking Its Approach to Louisiana

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe swollen Mississippi River in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans on Friday.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times The storm is gathering strength in the warm water of the Gulf. Louisiana residents are filling sandbags and stocking up on food and gas as they prepare their homes […]

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Tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana City That Eluded Recent Hurricanes

Morgan City’s motto is “Right in the Middle of Everywhere.” On Saturday morning, the Louisiana city of 12,000 people may find itself right in the middle of a hurricane. Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Barry, now out in the Gulf of Mexico, to develop into a Category 1 hurricane and land right on the city, which […]

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Tropical Storm Barry: Why Rainfall Is the Biggest Threat

The first major storm system expected to strike the United States this hurricane season strengthened into Tropical Storm Barry on Thursday, continuing to dump rain along already inundated parts of the Gulf Coast before its expected landfall on Saturday. The National Hurricane Center said it could become a Category 1 hurricane by late Friday. The […]

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Tropical Storm Barry: Why Rainfall Is Its Biggest Threat

A storm system hovering over the northern Gulf of Mexico that had already dropped more than eight inches of rain on New Orleans gained strength on Thursday to become Tropical Storm Barry. The flash flooding that plagued some neighborhoods in New Orleans on Wednesday served as a warning to residents along the Gulf Coast of […]

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Tropical Storm Expected to Form in Gulf as Rain Pounds New Orleans

A tropical storm is expected to form over the northern Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said, prompting the city of New Orleans to begin closing flood gates, officials to warn residents and oil companies to start shutting down offshore platforms and coastal operations. The storm, which would be the first tropical […]

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New Orleans Braces for a One-Two Weather Punch

The 2019 hurricane season has barely begun, and a troubling storm is already brewing. Heavy rains paralyzed New Orleans on Wednesday, with as much as ten inches falling in just a few hours, and the National Weather Service declared a “flash flood emergency.” This is just the beginning of what could be a truly awful […]

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Washington Area Hit by Heavy Rains and Floods

Torrential morning rains unleashed chaos in the nation’s capital on Monday, turning Metro stations into indoor showers and sending flash floods through suburban neighborhoods, where the authorities said they had mounted dozens of water rescues. The National Weather Service said on Monday that a flash flood warning was in effect for the District of Columbia, […]

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‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Revolution, and dozens more that are almost as old. “It’s incredible to walk around a neighborhood like […]

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

NASHVILLE — Jonna Laidlaw was terrorized by rain. Her house, with its lovely screened-in back porch, had flooded some 20 times since 2001, from a few inches to six feet. She and her husband would do their repairs with help from their flood insurance, but before long it would flood again. “Every time it sprinkled […]

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