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Powerful Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

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It is that time of year, that heavy storms, and winds hit the southern parts of the states. Hurricane season is definitely upon us, and right now heavy rains and gusty winds have kicked out power on the Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Barry has turned a path to shore. This storm is threatening millions and testing flood-prevention efforts after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans 14 yrs ago.

Officials predicted Barry would make landfall as this year’s first hurricane Saturday morning near Morgan City, west of New Orleans, where a curfew has been set until 6 a.m. and a long day started with on and off rain, power outages and people using cellphones to see in the dark and opening doors and windows to let the warm, sticky tropical air circulate.

Saturday morning, more than 45,000 people in southern Louisiana had lost power. The edges of the storm lashed Louisiana and coastal Mississippi and Alabama with rain, leaving some roads underwater overnight.

Katrina was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths, by some estimates, the Army Corps of Engineers began a multibillion-dollar hurricane-protection system that isn’t complete. The work included repairs and improvements to some 350 miles (560 kilometers) of levees and more than 70 pumping stations.

Courtesy fo 10tv

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