The Mississippi River approaches a levee at left in New Orleans, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Never in the modern history of New Orleans has water from the Mississippi River overtopped the city's levees. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Tropical Storm Barry is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico as it heads toward the Louisiana coast. It’s forecasted to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early tomorrow morning.
A hurricane warning is in effect for New Orleans and other parts of the Louisiana coast.
Forecasters say the Mississippi River could rise to levels of 19 feet — the highest since 1950. It could the biggest test ever for the river levees, which may be as low as 18 feet in some areas.
Levee systems use earthen embankments, steel or concrete flood-walls, and pumps to hold back floodwaters. It’s unclear how much the systems along the Mississippi River can withstand.
Find the latest updates on Tropical Storm Barry here.

Tropical Storm Barry is getting stronger as it heads for New Orleans, and is likely to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Louisiana tomorrow morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning is in effect for a swath of the Louisiana coast, and forecasts suggest the Mississippi River could crest as high as 19 or 20 feet— the highest level the river has reached in New Orleans since 1950. (The river …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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