Barry prompts flood fears in Mississippi capital

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 14, 2019 8:27 AM
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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., as Hurricane Barry approaches Saturday, July 13, 2019. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane, the system quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, about 160 miles (257km) west of New Orleans, with its winds falling to 70 mph (112km), the National Hurricane Center said.

(New Orleans) -- Forecasters say the storm that's drenching Louisiana has now prompted a flash flood warning that covers Mississippi's capital city.

The National Weather Service said early Sunday that up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area - and more was on the way.

Before dawn Sunday, a narrow band of heavy rain was still streaming north through Jackson.

The weather service said that could bring an additional 2 inches of rain to the area.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center's 4 a.m. advisory says Barry was centered around 80 miles  southeast of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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