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.
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Vast portions of the Midwest continue to be threatened with catastrophic flooding and major downpours this week; with emergency responders and local authorities struggling to help citizens from Iowa to Nebraska and beyond.
The floods occurred when major rainstorms coupled with fresh snow-melt resulted in a massive inflow of fresh water into lakes, rivers, and creeks across the region.
“It was heart-wrenching to see the breadth of the flood,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
“Just watching rescue boats go down, I mean, it’s speechless,” added one resident “Devastating. Heartbreaking.”
“Natural disasters are unpredictable and often have a devastating impact on Iowa towns and the communities within them. If your family, town, or area is experiencing the aftermath of a disaster, there are a variety of resources available in the State of Iowa to help you recover from a loss of shelter, food and water, or belongings,” adds the official Iowa state website.
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Vast stretches of Nebraska and other midwestern states continue to struggle after a series of devastating floods crippled the region this week; with emergency responders and local authorities working round-the-clock to support those in need during this deadly crisis.
The floods occurred when major rainstorms coupled with fresh snow-melt resulted in a massive inflow of fresh water into lakes, rivers, and creeks across the country.
The devastating weather has caused an estimated $642 million in damages in Nebraska alone.
“The Missouri River, the Elkhorn River and the Platte River — the three main rivers in Nebraska — were all estimated to crest above record peak levels, among many other small rivers in the Midwest,” reported the New York Daily News.