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    A torn U.S. Flag dangles from a store front in Morgan City, Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry Saturday, July 13,2019. - Tropical Storm Barry is the first tropical storm system of 2019 to make landfall in the United States and could dump up to two feet of rain along with strong winds and storm-surge flooding according to weather reports. (Photo by Seth HERALD / AFP)

    Tropical Storm Barry Upgraded to Hurricane, Moving Closer to Louisiana Coast - NHC

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tropical Storm Barry was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane on Saturday as it was approaching the coast of the US State of Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

    "Life-threatening, significant flash flooding and river flooding will become increasingly likely later today and tonight as Barry moves inland, especially across portions of south-central and southeast Louisiana into Mississippi," the NHC said in its advisory.

    ​According to CNN, more than 77,000 people in Louisiana are without power as the hurricane nears landfall.

    US President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency for Louisiana late on Thursday.


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