NEW ORLEANS, La. - Water remains the top threat as Tropical Storm Barry moves slowly inland tonight and Sunday. It is a life-threatening situation! During the past three years, inland flooding was responsible for 83 percent of the fatalities from the hurricanes. Half of them were in vehicles.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City to Biloxi and for Lake Pontchartrain. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions.
The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
Intracoastal City to Shell Beach...3 to 6 ft
Shell Beach to Biloxi MS...3 to 5 ft
Lake Pontchartrain...3 to 5 ft
Biloxi MS to the Mississippi/Alabama state line...1 to 3 ft
Lake Maurepas...1 to 3 ft
Barry is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over south-central Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches. Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches. This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life threatening flooding.
Remember - Turn Around, Don't Drown. - www.hurricanes.gov