New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking residents and visitors to be ready to shelter in place starting at 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) as Tropical Storm Barry moves towards the city.
What we know about the storm: Barry is getting stronger as it creeps across the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters en route to a landfall expected early Saturday in Louisiana.
While it could reach hurricane strength, the real peril it poses to roughly 10 million people in its path is rain, which could quickly trigger unprecedented flooding.
Ten to 15 more inches of rain are on the way, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said, threatening to inundate ground already soaked from a Wednesday storm that flooded some New Orleans homes and businesses.