'Life-threatening' Tropical Storm Barry heads towards New Orleans

New Orleans officials warned city residents to stock up on supplies and prepare to shelter in their homes on Friday (July 12) as "life-threatening" Tropical Storm Barry was poised to come ashore as possibly the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019. While the storm did not yet have hurricane-force winds, it was forecast to bring torrential rains of up to 25 inches (64 cm) in certain places, which officials said risked flooding along the already-swollen lower Mississippi River.