In Baton Rouge, where severe flooding caused billions of dollars in damage three years ago, Kaci Douglas and her 15-year-old son, Juan Causey, were among dozens filling sandbags at a fire station.
Clouds from Tropical Storm Barry spin over downtown New Orleans on Saturday. "Time is short. If you have preparations that you need to complete now is the time".
GasBuddy, an app that helps consumers find the cheapest gas in their areas, wrote in a tweet on Thursday, "We are monitoring #TropicalStormBarry for potential fuel-related outages and activity".
Gaynor added that federal workers were fanned out throughout the state to assist.
"We are talking about 18-24 hours after landfall, the rain will still be coming down and will be the issue", CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said. It is estimated that Barry became a hurricane around 6am to 7am despite the less than classical appearance on satellite. "In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat", the agency said in a Thursday press release. After landing, its hurricane status was downgraded to a tropical storm with 70 miles per hour winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Almost all businesses in Morgan City were shuttered as coastal Louisiana braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Barry.
Tourists largely left the city Friday, ahead of the storm's expected landfall early Saturday.
Rain could be heavy at times.
"I've got five small children at the house". The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and knock out power. "Right now, our primary focus is to respond to Midwest flooding that is happening within our region". The Mississippi River - which flows into NoLa and sits nearly directly in the path of the storm - has recently seen the most flooding in its recorded history.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has already declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.
It's also disrupted ship traffic on the Mississippi River, where water levels are rising.
Less than 1 inch is expected east of Interstate 65.
New Orleans airport also saw state-wide cancellations of all major flights in and out of the city on Saturday and has now reported that Barry will leave 2 ft (60 cm) of rain over the period of the next 2 days.
There won't be much movement overnight into Sunday with heavy rain still falling over southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.
Tropical storm conditions are expected elsewhere along much of the Louisiana coast and inland across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley where tropical storm warnings are in effect.
Barry: Northern and eastern bands of Barry are now moving across southeastern Louisiana. The rain will begin to expand northward into Arkansas and southern Tennessee later in the day. Enhanced storm surge is possible just east of center south of the Baldwin area. Tracking forecasts showed the brunt of the storm blowing into the Louisiana delta west of New Orleans on a path that could continue toward Chicago, swelling the Mississippi River basin with water that must eventually flow south again.