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18 September, Wednesday


Louisiana braces for Tropical Storm Barry as state of emergency declared

New Orleans residents told to seek shelter as 50,000 coastal residents left without power

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Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, with Tropical Storm Barry poised to make landfall as the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019, The Guardian reports.

Nearly 50,000 people are without power as the storm nears landfall on the state’s south-central coast. According to Entergy Louisiana’s outages map, more than 29,000 customers had been affected by power outages as of 2.11am local time on Saturday.

City officials warned New Orleans residents to secure their homes, stock up on supplies and prepare to stay indoors.

Barry’s maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65mph (104km/h) as it churned through the northern Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana. Meteorologists warned torrential rains – as much as 0.6 metres (2ft) in some places – were likely to cause severe flooding.

While New Orleans authorities refrained from ordering evacuations and advised residents to take shelter instead, tourism officials reported an exodus of hotel guests checking out early on Friday. Some airlines, including British Airways, cancelled outbound flights from the city on Saturday.

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