Barry Set to Dump Two Feet of Rain on Louisiana

(Bloomberg) --The leading edge of Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain is reaching Louisiana, where communities including New Orleans are bracing for a downpour that threatens to inundate already-high waterways. As much as 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain could fall in some areas, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. While the chances the storm will reach … [Read more...]

Tropical Storm Barry Forms in Gulf of Mexico, Taking Aim at Louisiana

Update: The NWS National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Barry has now formed over the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, becoming the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.  July 11 (Reuters) - A storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico and aimed at water-logged New Orleans was expected to make landfall as the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2019 season by late … [Read more...]

Strengthening Storm Heads for Louisiana as Oil Rigs Evacuate

By Brian K. Sullivan and Mike Jeffers (Bloomberg) --A potential cyclone could become Hurricane Barry before slamming into Louisiana by Saturday, putting at risk oil and natural gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The system is about 170 miles (275 kilometers) from the mouth of the Mississippi River, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. New … [Read more...]

Tropical Storm Barry May Form in Gulf of Mexico Later This Week

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) --A tropical storm may loom in the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday or early on July 11 as a low pressure system moves off Georgia into warm waters, gaining strength and threatening offshore oil and natural gas production. The patch of low pressure currently over Georgia has an 80% chance of developing into at least a tropical depression and … [Read more...]

U.S. Hurricane Season is Unnecessarily Dangerous

By Eric Roston (Bloomberg) -- Forecasters are expecting this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season to be roughly average, with about 14 named storms including six full-fledged hurricanes. Last week, the government finally dealt with the fallout from 2018, enacting a $19.1 billion relief package to help U.S. towns and cities still recovering from last year’s natural disasters. … [Read more...]