by Paul Garilao, ABS-CBN News
Search and rescue efforts were underway, even if Hurricane Barry has weakened to a tropical depression.
Authorities said it remains a dangerous storm that could further impact Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southern Missouri.
Barry was the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends officially on November 30.
Although it didn’t unleash massive flooding as earlier predicted, many across the gulf coast were still urged to watch out for flash flood and tornado warnings as the storm moved north.
“Much of the southern portion of the state is still experiencing heavy rainfall. And it could lead to flash flooding and we’re at an elevated risk for tornadic activity.”
So far, there are no reported serious injuries or major damages due to Barry.
The category 1 hurricane did not hit New Orleans directly, but it downed power lines and flooded some areas.
“We absolutely made it through the storm, beyond lucky. We were spared. It seemed as those bands move closer to New Orleans, it seemed to just go around us,” said New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell.
Officers and members of the group – Kapitbahay of greater New Orleans – are staying vigilant.
“How fast does it move inland and how much rain does it rain because a slow-moving storm will dump a lot of rain more than basically…Our concern and we have been monitoring…they have some flood waters. Street flooding lang. But it quickly receded…in some areas, there are still standing water. For now, luckily there is no flooding in their homes.”
Fil-Ams said they’re watching out for one another.
“May pinost silang phone numbers at saka contact persons kung kailangan nilang mag-evacuate kasi yung isa sa kanila may boat. If in case na kailan nila irescue, handa sila tumulong. (delete here) dalawang pilipino yun… Nagtatawag ng mga tulong kung sinong may mga sasakyan if in case may irescue somewhere.”
Officials are also telling people to watch out for snakes, alligators and other critters who are trying escape the floodwaters as well.