A major storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico this week is threatening New Orleans and other major American cities; already dropping inches of rain and causing floods throughout the region.
“A brewing tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico is bringing widespread flash flooding across New Orleans on Wednesday, as forecasters warn the storm could strengthen to a hurricane by the weekend and push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect the city,” reports Fox News.
“The National Hurricane Center said a low-pressure area over the water south of the Florida Panhandle is forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Barry by Thursday night, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season,” adds Fox.
Meteorologists are now saying there is a 90% chance the weather pattern will turn into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.
The system is currently 170 miles southeast of the Gulf Coast of the United States.
“Besides potential storm surge and high winds, the system is also expected to bring very heavy rainfall from the Upper Texas Coast to the Florida Panhandle, adding more water to the already swollen Mississippi River and bring it precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans,” adds the report.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.