Officials predicted Barry would make landfall as this year's first hurricane Saturday morning near
As dawn approached Saturday, more than 45,000 people in southern
Though expected to be a weak hurricane — just barely over the 74 mph (119 kph) wind speed threshold — it threatened disastrous flooding across a swath of the
Late Friday night, residents received good news from forecasters:
On-again, off again rain hit
Forecasters warned that most of the storm's rain remained over the
"It's powerful. It's strengthening. And water is going to be a big issue,"
Governors declared emergencies in
"My concerns are just hoping it's not going to be another Katrina," said
Authorities told at least 10,000 people in exposed, low-lying areas along the
Before they did, people packed stores to stock up on bottled water, food and other essentials.
"Stock up on water. Stock up food. Get ready for the storm — ride it out," he said.
Workers shored up and raised the levee system in places with beams, sheet metal and other barriers.
Rescue crews and about 3,000
The impending storm also triggered a legal spat between neighboring parishes.
Scientists say global warming is responsible for more intense and more frequent storms and flooding, but without extensive study, they cannot directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.
Tracking forecasts showed the storm moving toward
Before the worst of the storm,
"I told my son, it's better to be safe than sorry," she said.
All over town, people parked their cars on the city's medians — referred to by locals as "neutral grounds" — in hopes their vehicles would be safe on the slightly elevated strips.
After Katrina was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths, by some estimates, the
An earlier version of this story had an incorrect last name for one
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