‘We are not out of the woods’ – New Orleans mayor as Barry intensifies

Officials in New Orleans warned residents on Saturday (July 13) not to "let their guard down" over storm Barry which was upgraded to hurricane status earlier in the day as it moved onto Louisiana.

The slow-moving hurricane had with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) and its center was expected to cross the coast the late morning and early afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.

Barry should quickly weaken below hurricane strength as it moves onshore, the NHC said in a bulletin, and is forecast to weaken below tropical storm strength over 24 to 36 hours.

Still, officials in New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 , cautioned residents and tourists alike to remain vigilant, saying they were expecting a major “rain event” later in the day and overnight into Sunday.

(Production: Mana Rabiee)

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