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New Orleans on Friday is bracing for what could be the first Atlantic hurricane of twenty nineteen this is a very significant severe weather events they're using terms like life threatening floods the city's closing more than two hundred flood gates to protect from possible storm surge but the National Weather Service says the biggest threat from tropical storm berry is rain up to twenty inches in some places heavy rainfall and quick quick bursts that place is go from dry to having flooding and just a very short time the swollen Mississippi River is already near the top of its levees carrying a heavy load of melt water that washed up parts of the Midwest in the spring and if tropical storm berry the counter hurricane as we fully expect it will this be the first time %HESITATION that we've had a hurricane make line landfall in Louisiana while the Mississippi River %HESITATION whereas at flood stage already this week the big easy was inundated with rain washing out roads and changing some visitors plants this happened like in a couple of hours , pretty crazy telling about book next flight back to Australia but as tropical storm very gain strength over the Gulf of Mexico the city is not planning to evacuate police are imploring residents to stay inside please remain in your home do not go out do not drive in flooded streets do not drive there through standing water president Donald Trump on Thursday declared a state of emergency for the state of Louisiana is forecast to make landfall Friday or Saturday