Tag: Mississippi River

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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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: 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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All Eyes on the Levees: Amid Flooding, New Orleans Braces for a Potential Hurricane

Photo: Matthew Hinton (AP Photo) The streets of New Orleans were flooded Wednesday night as a slow-moving storm system approached the city. But with even more rain expected to deluge the Crescent City over the next three days, concerns are growing that the worst is yet to come. The Associated Press, citing data from the […]

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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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Mississippi Closes Beaches Because of Toxic Algae Blooms

The relentless heavy rains in the Midwest continue to cause damage, this time in the form of vast, harmful algae blooms off the gulf coast that have forced Mississippi to close all of its beaches. The increased flow of freshwater into the Gulf of Mexico has fed the thick blue-green algae, which can cause rashes, […]

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Paralysis on America’s Rivers: There’s Too Much Water

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Marty Shell just wanted the lights back on. Nineteen barges bound for nowhere were tied up along the swollen riverbank. Dark warehouses full of flooded fertilizer reeked with a sulfuric stench that made it painful to inhale. The river system, which for decades provided Mr. Shell a livelihood, now spreads only […]

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In the Midwest, Relentless Floods Dredge Up ‘Shadow’ of 1993

DAVENPORT, Iowa — In downtown Davenport, where the overflow from the Mississippi River is lapping at a new taproom in the heart of downtown, weary business owners cannot get another flood from years ago out of their minds. Three hundred miles downriver, in Valmeyer, Ill., some of those who stuck around in the lowlands after […]

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