Tropical Storm Barry is moving toward the Louisiana coast and may develop into a Category 1 hurricane. It’s expected to make landfall Saturday morning.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for parts of the Louisiana coast, including New Orleans.
Here’s a list of important tips from the Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about how to prepare for an impending storm, including what to pack ahead of an evacuation, and how to clean your home after flooding.
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Tropical Storm Barry is moving toward Louisiana.
Barry could develop into a Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall in the early Saturday morning. The storm is expected to bring storm surge, heavy rainfall, and wind hazards to the central Gulf Coast over the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a hurricane warning for the stretch of coast from Grand Isle to Intracoastal City. A storm-surge warning is in effect from Intracoastal City to Shell Beach (both of these areas include New Orleans).
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm, which could dump up to 30 inches of rain in the state over the coming days, according to the NWS.
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To help people prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Red Cross, and other organizations have created guidelines about what to do and pack if a storm is approaching. Here are some of their recommendations.
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Establish an emergency plan with your family.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that all families come up with an emergency plan well before a disaster occurs.
Families should prepare emergency kits (keep scrolling for a list of items to put in them) and determine what they will do in case of an evacuation. Agree on a reunion point for your family, and pick someone out of state who your family members to contact if you get separated.
Write down important phone numbers and keep them in your wallet, as cell phones may die during a disaster.
Prepare an emergency kit ahead of time.
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