Tropical Storm Barry is picking up momentum on Friday as forecasters are warning that New Orleans could get its worst drenching in decades – and one that will pose a serious test of its post-Katrina flood defenses.
As of late Friday morning, the storm – which could make landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday -- was about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and its winds had jumped to 65 mph.
The storm could possibly eclipse New Orleans’ wettest day on record -- 12.24 inches -- on May 8, 1995, forecasters told the Associated Press. National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said pockets of Louisiana could have as much as 25 inches of rain.
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