Barry brings heavy rain threat Tuesday, then tropical humidity

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Citing a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement notice, Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Gulf of Mexico operators had shut-in 1.01 million barrels a day of oil production because of the storm. The warmest air of the season will be with us through the weekend.

The system, located 70 miles (115 km) north of Shreveport, Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kmh), is moving slowly north toward Arkansas, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. The storm made landfall as a hurricane - but quickly turned into a tropical depression. However, it has still had to battle plenty of flooding from the rain that passed through.

For many, the storm revived unpleasant memories of Hurricane Katrina. - Tropical Storm Barry buffeted the U.S. state of Louisiana, bringing more heavy rain and possible tornadoes to the region even as it weakened. After briefly becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Barry was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall on Saturday. It nevertheless moved inland with a serious punch.

The US National Hurricane Centre said parts of south-central Louisiana could still have up to 12in of rainfall, with isolated pockets experiencing 15in.

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"Just because it wasn't the end of world hurricane does not mean that people weren't impacted, that people's lives weren't affected", said Kern. Reporters saw localized flooding and badly swollen waterways. This is an area that's saturated, much like in Wisconsin. In March, the US Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway to the west of New Orleans, in order to divert water from the MS into Lake Ponchartrain.

People walk on a street during a downpour at the French Quarter in New Orleans, on July 14, 2019.

In Morgan City, Louisiana, Lois and Steve Bergeron said the storm stirred up a lot of havoc in the yard, but "at least it didn't hit our house", Lois said.

Red Cross officials planned to stay in Louisiana as long as they were needed.

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