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working very churning ever closer to New Orleans Saturday as many residents huddled at home or in bars bracing for the threat of severe flooding , the National Weather Service predicts Barry which is picking up wind speed is expected to make landfall in the afternoon or evening this again could have high impact on the city of New Orleans we are continuing to monitor of course the levels of the Mississippi River some parts of New Orleans were already thought it after thunderstorms range did with a foot of rain on Wednesday despite that authorities in Louisiana are urging locals to shelter in place secure their property and stock up on provisions some nervous residents are not taking any chances opting to flee the city we're doing everything necessary just to just to make sure that we're safe in out of harm's way officials also reported an exit this of tourists on Friday mandatory evacuations have been ordered in outlying coastal areas beyond the protection of ladies by Saturday morning as the rains picked up more than sixty two thousand homes and businesses in Louisiana well already without power torrential rains pose a threat for the Gulf of Mexico's energy industry where oil and gas operations have already cut production by nearly sixty percent , the impending hurricane could test beefed up flood defenses put in place since hurricane Katrina which left much of New Orleans under water in two thousand and five and killed about eighteen hundred people