Barry makes landfall in Louisiana
As of 5 a.m. ET, at least 62,305 customers across Louisiana are without power, according to the electric providers in the state of Louisiana.
Entergy reports that 51,458 customers in the state without power; Cleco Power reports 6,128 customers without power; Southwestern Electric Power reports 2,446 customers without power.
Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall later this morning.
FEMA's public service campaign Ready shared advice on how to prepare for a hurricane, as well as how to stay safe during and after a storm. On Twitter, FEMA told residents to bring people and pets indoors and secure outdoor objects, and close and lock doors, windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
People likely to be affected by the storm should also charge electronic devices to prepare for power outages, and stay alert to official updates on the storm.
Ready's website also offers more detailed advice on what to do during each stage of a hurricane, which Tropical Storm Barry is anticipated to become when it reaches land:
6-18 hours before the hurricane arrives:
- Turn on your TV or radio, or check online for local weather updates and any emergency instructions every 30 minutes.
- Charge your devices.
6 hours before:
- Tell friends and family where you are.
- Close storm shutters and avoid windows.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting (and check the temperature before eating any food if you lose power at any point).
- Keep checking for updates.
- Evacuate immediately if instructed by authorities.
- In the case of high winds, take shelter in a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter -- or, if you're staying at home, move to a small, windowless interior room or a hallway on the lowest floor that's not at risk of flooding.
- If you're trapped in a building due to flooding, move to the highest floor -- but avoid closed attics, where you might be trapped if waters rise.
- Keep generators or other gas-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.
- Don't attempt to drive, walk or swim through flood water -- in FEMA's words, "Turn Around. Don't Drown!"
- Avoid bridges crossing fast-moving water.
- Keep updated on emergency instructions and information.
- Don't wade through flood water -- you could be injured by debris, or shocked by submerged power lines.
- Wear protective clothing while cleaning up, and don't work alone. Take photos of property damage for insurance purposes.
- Don't touch electrical equipment if you're standing in water, or the equipment is wet. Turn your electricity off at the breaker or fuse box if it's safe to do so.
- Contact family and friends via text or social media, since phone systems often fail or are overwhelmed during disasters.
- Follow instructions from authorities.
Authorities are warning that the greatest danger posed by Tropical Storm Barry is flooding, thanks to storm surges and heavy rainfall. New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell asked residents to report flooding to 911 on Twitter:
With Hurricane Katrina on their minds, many New Orleans residents fled the region ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, while others have chosen to buckle up and ride the storm.
Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, who lives in the city's Broadmoor neighborhood, flew out ahead of the hurricane. The neighbors she left behind all have vivid memories of the 2005 destruction, she said.
"This storm is stressing them out," Gulliver-Garcia told CNN. "Trauma stays in your body, and Katrina left a lot of trauma behind."
But many -- despite the haunting 2005 memories -- are determined to ride it out. Herman Grady evacuated during Katrina, but this time, he's staying put.
"I'm tired of running," the 72-year-old told CNN affiliate WDSU.
The Rolling Stones may once have sung about being born in a hurricane, but they will not be playing in one this weekend.
Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall Saturday in Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, and the intense rain it will bring is expected to wreak havoc on the city.
Fans need not worry, though. The show will be moved just one day later, to Monday, and Sunday's tickets will be honored, the band said in a tweet.
"We're here with you -- we'll get through this together," the band tweeted.
Lead vocalist Mick Jagger gave a nod to the lyrics of their 1968 single "Jumpin' Jack Flash" on Twitter and confirmed they'll be performing Monday.
A United Nations World Meteorological Organization committee compiles a list of names, according to the National Hurricane Center.
One list is created every six years for Atlantic hurricanes. The only time that list may change is when a hurricane or storm is so deadly or costly, the future use of its name would be inappropriate for sensitivity reasons.
And no, they're never named after a particular person or in a particular alphabetic sequence. The names are selected to be familiar to the people in each impacted region, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
"Obviously, the main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone/hurricane is basically for people easily to understand and remember the tropical cyclone/hurricane in a region, thus to facilitate tropical cyclone/hurricane disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction," the organization says.
According to Louisiana's electric providers, at least 48,329 customers across the state have lost power as Tropical Storm Barry approaches.
Entergy customers are the most affected -- 42,868 customers have lost power, the company said. 2,645 Cleco Power customers have lost power, as have 2,519 Southwestern Electric Power customers.
Tropical Storm Barry's outer rainbands -- stretches of cloud and precipitation that can produce heavy winds and rain -- are starting to make landfall, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The storm's center will land later Saturday on Louisiana's south-central coast, after which Barry will move north through the Mississippi Valley.
Maximum sustained winds remain at about 65 mph, the NHC said, and the storm is still projected to become a hurricane (over 74 mph) when the center reaches land. But the biggest threat is flooding: storm surges of up to 6 feet are anticipated, while 10 to 20 inches of rain will fall over the weekend.
Some areas could receive 25 inches of rain, according to the NHC.
The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness warned on Twitter that tornadoes could occur as Tropical Storm Barry moves into the New Orleans area.
People in the area should follow any warnings and seek shelter, the agency said.