Hurricane Barry has weakened into a tropical depression, with its maximum sustained winds last recorded at 32 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s most recent advisory Monday, July 15th. However, people living in the southern U.S. aren’t out of danger quite yet—major flooding may be in store for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Initial damage reports show several downed trees in Louisiana and Mississippi, and at least two levees in Louisiana reportedly overflowed, according to a report from The Weather Channel. However, New Orleans levees appear to have held. Several utility poles were also toppled, and around 150,000 people were out of power on Sunday morning. Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards confirmed that 90,000 still had no power by Sunday night.
Several thousand soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard were activated and deployed across the state to aid in disaster relief. The soldiers filled sand bags and ensured emergency generators at critical infrastructure points had adequate fuel. On Sunday night, as the storm continued to move northward, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, told reporters during a press conference he was “rightsizing” his storm deployments.
Coast Guard crews also rescued at least 11 people during the storm.