The days ahead will likely be fraught with peril for Americans living along the Gulf of Mexico.
As one of the nation's most frequently traveled hurricane alleys, the Gulf Coast has been no stranger to damaging winds and torrential downpours. In Florida, locales such as Mexico Beach are still struggling to get back on their feet after an October storm barreled into the city last fall. Houston, Texas was also devastated by the flooding that accompanied Hurricane Harvey back in 2017.
Harvey has the unfortunate distinction of being tied for the most costly hurricane disaster in US history along with, you guess it, Hurricane Katrina.
Now, as New Orleans once again prepares for imminent danger, the Governor of Louisiana has a somber and worrisome message for residents of The Big Easy.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards voiced concerns Friday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that residents would not take Tropical Storm Barry seriously, even though it is expected to become a full-blown hurricane by the time it hits the Louisiana coast on Saturday morning.
"My biggest concern is that we will have citizens who understand that it's a Category 1 and they may not take it as seriously as they should have. Because this is has always been a rain event predominantly," Edwards said.
"And we're going to have 15 to 20 inches of rain across most of southern Louisiana for about 24 hours."
Concerns about the possible failure of the city's levee system has New Orleans' residents feeling a bit of deja vu, recalling the enormous damage done to the city after a similar breach during Katrina.
We can only hope that the folks in Louisiana are prepared for Barry to make landfall.
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