Barry makes landfall in Louisiana

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2:35 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

More than 300 people went to shelters last night ahead of the storm

At least 315 people were in shelters in Louisiana last night ahead of Hurricane Barry, according to Marketa Garner-Walters, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Garner-Walters said there are 28 shelters open across the state. If you're looking for shelter information, call 211 or Text "LASHELTER" to 898211.

2:28 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

Yes, it is early in the season to have a hurricane

High winds blow across the Atchafalaya river in Morgan City, Louisiana ahead of Barry
High winds blow across the Atchafalaya river in Morgan City, Louisiana ahead of Barry SETH HERALD/AFP/Getty Images

If it seems like Hurricane Barry came early in the season, it's because it did.

Barry — the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season — strengthened into a Category 1 storm today, July 13, shortly before it made landfall.

The average date for the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin is August 10th. That means we are almost a full month ahead of schedule.

Note: While Barry is the first hurricane of the 2019 season, it's not the first tropical storm. Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the Atlantic in May — 11 days before the official season even began.

2:09 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

Barry is the 50th hurricane to hit Louisiana since 1851

From CNN's Brandon Miller

Barry just made landfall in Louisiana. While it hit as a Category 1 hurricane, it was downgraded to a tropical storm soon after.

Here are a few stat

Here's what Barry's landfall means for the record books:

  • Barry — the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season — is only the fourth hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in July (The last was Hurricane Cindy in 2005).
  • Barry is the 50th hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana since records began in 1851.
  • Barry’s landfall as a hurricane means the US has had at least 1 hurricane make landfall for 4 consecutive years. (The last time hurricanes hit in four straight years was 2002 to 2005.)
2:00 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

The Louisiana levee that overtopped was not a Mississippi River levee, governor says

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said that while a levee in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana, has experienced some overtopping, it is not a Mississippi River levee.

"I do want to clear up a little bit of misinformation going around: The overtopping that has occurred in Plaquemines Parish is not the Mississippi levee. It is a back levee in the vicinity of Myrtle Grove and it points further south," he explained.

Edwards said this overtopping was expected, and stressed that no Mississippi River levees so far have been overtopped.

"No Mississippi River levee has been overtopped, and not a single levee in the state of Louisiana — as of right now — has failed or breached," he said.

1:57 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

Hurricane Barry has made landfall in Louisiana

Barry made landfall in Louisiana near Intracoastal City and weakened to a tropical storm with 70 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Barry was a hurricane when it made landfall — but it immediately weakened to a tropical storm.

The storm will continue to push inland, currently moving to the northwest at 6 mph.

1:41 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

Hurricane Barry is expected to make landfall soon. Here's what we know so far.

Barry strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning. The center of the storm located 40 mph south of Lafayette, Louisiana.

The storm is expected to make landfall soon. Here's how the storm has already affected the Gulf Coast:

  • Flooding: Myrtle Grove, Louisiana is already feeling the effects of the hurricane. One of the two levees is overtopping, and Louisiana's lt. governor said the levee will only be able to withstand a few hours of overflowing before it breaches. Other cities across the state are also experiencing flooding.
  • Power outages: More than 77,000 customers are without power in Louisiana. There have been reports of downed trees and power lines.
  • The airport: No flights are taking off from New Orleans International Airport. Airlines have cancelled all flights to and from the airport. So far, there has been no reported damage to the infrastructure.
1:22 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

The New Orleans airport is open — but no flights are taking off

Kevin Dolliole, the director of aviation at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, said that while the airport is open today, all airline flight departures have been cancelled.

The airlines anticipate resuming operations tomorrow; when and how much will vary from carrier to carrier, he said.

So far, there's no issues with airport terminal or infrastructure.

 

12:56 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

A levee is overflowing in Myrtle Grove. Here's what it looks like.

Flood waters are rushing over the top of a levee in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana, as Hurricane Barry creeps closer to the coast.

The levee can withstand a few hours of overtopping before it breaches, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser told CNN. But, he said if the levee fails, a large part of Plaquemines Parish could flood.

Here's what the levee looks like:

Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department
Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department
Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department
Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department
Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department
Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Department

12:15 p.m. ET, July 13, 2019

A majority of roads in Grand Isle are covered with water, Coast Guard says

Grand Isle, Louisiana, is already feeling with the effects of Hurricane Barry.

The US Coast Guard said a majority of the town's roads are covered with water and some are impassable. Power has also been out since Friday afternoon, and downed power lines have been reported.

What we know about the storm: The center of the storm as of 11 a.m. ET was about 40 miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and about 50 miles west of Morgan City, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and creeping at 6 mph.

The storm — the first hurricane to hit the US this year — was unloading powerful winds and heavy rain ahead of its expected landfall.