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Dangerous Tropical Storm Barry nears Louisiana, mandatory evacuations ordered

Tropical Storm Barry is churning in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday as the dangerous storm nears the coast, threatening to bring heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge. Interested in Weather? Add Weather as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Weather news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Tropical storm…

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Dangerous Tropical Storm Barry nears Louisiana, mandatory evacuations ordered

Tropical Storm Barry is churning in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday as the dangerous storm nears the coast, threatening to bring heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge.

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Tropical storm conditions are expected in Louisiana on Friday and hurricane warnings were issued for southeastern parts of the state. The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday into early Saturday.

“This is going to be a major weather event for a huge portion of the state,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Thursday.

PHOTO: This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows tropical storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico, on July 11, 2019, at 11:40am local time.NOAA via AFP/Getty Images
This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows tropical storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico, on July 11, 2019, at 11:40am local time.

Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish and Grand Isle are already under mandatory evacuations.

PHOTO: People drive away from low lying areas in Plaquemines Parish, La., July 11, 2019.Dan Anderson/EPA via Shutterstock
People drive away from low lying areas in Plaquemines Parish, La., July 11, 2019.
PHOTO: Patra Parker packs up her car to leave her home in Plaquemines Parish, La., in advance of Tropical Storm Barry, on July 11, 2019.Dan Anderson/EPA via Shutterstock
Patra Parker packs up her car to leave her home in Plaquemines Parish, La., in advance of Tropical Storm Barry, on July 11, 2019.

In Lafitte, Louisiana, residents rushed to fill up sandbags.

PHOTO: Kerry Warren works to get sand bags ready for flood prevention ahead of a tropical system in Lafitte, La., July 11, 2019.Dan Anderson/EPA via Shutterstock
Kerry Warren works to get sand bags ready for flood prevention ahead of a tropical system in Lafitte, La., July 11, 2019.

Heavy rains already inundated New Orleans on Wednesday, flooding streets and homes and leaving drivers stranded. As much as 9 inches of rain fell in the city, with more to come.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared a state of emergency in the city, but the city has

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