Hurricane Barry is barreling northwest toward Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), with heavy rain, storm surges and risky winds expected along the northwest Gulf Coast.
In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain.
On Saturday, Barry slammed the Louisiana coastline as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds, becoming the first hurricane to hit Louisiana in July since Cindy in 2005.
As the storm began with overnight showers and significant winds, some motorists still managed to fearless the weather in spite of warnings of 20 inches (50 centimetres) of rain.
John Bel Edwards encouraged inhabitants to be wary as they wandered outside following an end of the week in which many had sheltered indoors.
In Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans, multiple levees were overcome by floodwaters Saturday.
PHOTO: Tropical Storm Barry left behind significant flooding.
She said that she, her husband and her adult daughter stocked up Friday on bread, water, and other food essentials ahead of the storm.
"We're all elderly people here, this is our property and we don't have anywhere to go", Elliot said.
Forecasters said the storm was expected to produce up to 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain - and in isolated spots as much as 8 inches (20 centimetres) - across Arkansas, western Tennessee and Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi.
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About 75,000 customers in Louisiana, 4,000 customers in MS and another 1,800 customers in Arkansas were without power Sunday evening, according to poweroutage.us.
New Orleans saw light rainfall yesterday, and a few organizations were open, including some on Tchoupitoulas Street along the overflowed Mississippi River.
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, in a storm update on Facebook Live, pointed to long stretches along the coast expecting a storm surge of 6 feet or higher, along with the torrential rain. The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said.
The United States Coast Guard had to conduct several water rescues in Terrebonne Parish.
Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV.
No city-wide mandatory evacuation is in place, but locals were told to hunker down and stock-up on essentials. Quite a bit of Louisiana and MS were under flood watches, as were portions of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.
Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone on Saturday, July 13, as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to keep streaming north into the Mississippi River Valley. Past year rounds of heavy rain and storms were around for the final days of the tournament.
He said he was "extremely grateful" that the storm had not caused the disastrous floods that had earlier been forecast.