US President Declares Emergency for Louisiana due to Hurricane Barry

  • The US President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry is expected to hit the southern city either on Friday or early Saturday. Louisiana will not only suffer from extreme winds during the weekends but also major flooding in the low-lying city. In response to Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards’ request, the US President has already declared a national disaster. This declaration will enable federal agencies to carry out emergency relief efforts. Latest reports say that the slow-moving Barry has transformed into a Category 1 hurricane as it makes its way to the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Barry is affecting the coastal areas even before making the landfall. Reports say 80,000 people are without power and the hurricane is expected to affect over 3 million people. Per National Hurricane Center the hurricane was 40 miles west of Lafayette on Saturday at 10 am CDT.