Tropical Storm Barry threatens to strand St. Louis sorority in New Orleans

They plan on staying in New Orleans through Sunday as Barry passes by.

Carol Daniel
July 12, 2019 - 7:43 am

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NEW ORLEANS (KMOX/AP) — Hundreds of St. Louis-area residents are in New Orleans right now for a convention, but they are also closely watching the weather.  Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger flooding in and around New Orleans.

Dr. Rose Carnes-Bruce is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the St. Louis chapter.  

National sorority officials did tell Delta Sigma Theta members to bring rain gear to the 54th annual convention.  

With the storm expected to blow ashore by early Saturday, National Guard troops and rescue crews were stationed around the state with boats and high-water vehicles, helicopters were on standby, drinking water and blankets were made ready for distribution, and utility crews with bucket trucks moved into the region.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said pockets of Louisiana could get as much as 25 inches (63 centimeters) of rain. Some low-lying roads near the coast were already covered with water Friday morning as the tide rose and the storm pushed water in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Bruce says they do plan to stay at the annual convention through Sunday unless they get word that they need to leave. 

"Everybody's trying to stay abreast," Dr. Bruce told KMOX's Carol Daniel. "Like accurate weather on the phone, a lot of people are checking that. We've got a lot of information about what to save, things like that."

The convention brings thousands of women out each year.  

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