Louisiana braces for first hurricane of the season

Tropical Storm Barry could develop into a Category-1 hurricane as it makes landfall this week, bringing torrential rain. Thousands of residents of the US state of Louisiana broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defences. National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state as Louisiana braced for the arrival…

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