A 8.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the central coast Chile on September 16, triggering strong aftershocks and small tsunamis along the coastline. The powerful earthquake could be felt as far away as Argentina. The quake was so strong, officials in the United States issued tsunami advisories along the California coast and Hawaii as precautions.
The deadly earthquake struck at 7:54 p.m. local time.
Tropical Storm Barry has officially made its way to New Orleans. As of this morning, it has been reported that Storm Barry has dumped rain slowly as it sweeps inland through Gulf Coast states. There is currently a flash flood watch set in place in Southeastern Louisiana active for the next 6 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
While it appears that it has spared New Orleans a direct hit, others in the state fear for their safety as Storm Barry continues to cause flooding, tornadoes and power outages.
On Wednesday, July 10, preliminary storm swamped New Orleans streets and affected traffic in the city significantly. Tropical Storm Barry had also been categorized a Category 1 hurricane but then weakened to a tropical storm.
According to poweroutage.us., about 125,00 customers in Louisiana and 6,800 customers in Mississipi are without power as of today.
According to AP News, “forecasters warned of a continued threat of storm surge and heavy rains as the center of the storm trudged inland and rain bands along its back half moved onshore. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday parts of south-central Louisiana could still have rainfall totals of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters), with isolated pockets of 15 inches (38 centimeters).”
Storm Barry is expected “to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday.”
However, forecasts also showed the storm heading to Chicago. This could be a potential cause for concern if it swells the Mississipi River basin.
Ahead of Storm Barry, there were fears that the storm might devastate the city of New Orleans like Hurricane Katrina did in 2005 but everything looks to be going better than expected. However, the National Weather Service still said that “rain in the forecast could still cause life-threatening flooding.”
Check out some scenes below from New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.
While Storm Barry wasn’t set to hit until Sunday, residents of New Orleans still felt the impact as the rains that fell last week were still strong enough to cause irreparable damage to residents’ homes.
Instagram users shared photos of the flooded streets of New Orleans.
Instagram user @the.viking.witch shared a photo of a flooded street in St. Roch, New Orleans with a car nearly submerged underwater. She captioned it, “we woke up to a severe storm with flash flooding and somewhere even a tornado [hit].”
New Orleans residents could be seen cleaning and preparing for the storm that was anticipated to come on Sunday.
While Storm Barry was anticipated to hit today, folks also saw flooding earlier last week. For example, this photo shows some early flooding happening on Music Street and St. Claude. A man can be seen wearing rain boots, preparing for the storm that’s to come.
Vehicles in New Orleans were nearly submerged due to the flooding.
The community of St. Roch, New Orleans were coming together last week to prepare for Storm Barry. According to Instagram user @robert_savina, neighbors were getting ready by preparing sandbags in order to avoid homes, local businesses, and roads from flooding.
After filling up sandbags, volunteers and New Orlean’s residents were ready to distribute them to those affected.
Folks living in Lower Garden District in New Orleans attempted to block streets using garbage cans filled with water. This was done in order to block the streets from incoming traffic to avoid causing any accidents, but the Instagram user who took this photo wrote that “people still tried to drive around them.”
Residents of New Orlean were using anything they could to stop the flooding from worsening.
Meanwhile… other New Orleans residents didn’t seem to feel as panicked on social media. One Instagram user Paul Zansier, shared a photo of his “commute to the office.”
Tornadoes also hit places in Louisiana and they could be seen from miles away.
Other folks on social media captured tornadoes that could be seen from miles away. One Instagram user captioned their photo, “Tornados and flooding on my way to work today in New Orleans! People parked and standing along the interstate brings me back to Katrina. An adventurous drive to work, to say the least.”
Flooded streets didn’t stop people from trying to get around the city––by bike.
Earlier last week, Instagram user and photographer Austin Fischer, shared a photo of the flooding in the French Quarter. “The flooding in New Orleans this morning. I woke up to the sound of lightning crashing across the sky and water gurgling under the door into our room, ran to move my car to a place where it wouldn’t flood, and went out to document the flooding in the French Quarter,” he wrote in his caption. (Photo credit: Instagram)
Residential neighborhoods were looking less like neighborhoods and more like swamps due to flooding.
How will you behave on the day your big end comes? Will your life flash before your eyes? Will you lay down and be ready and calm as a cucumber when it comes time to meet your maker? These are the questions that keep me awake at night about the people I know and they are the same ones that I got to see answered recently during the earthquakes in Los Angeles. You know, the ones that rocked the earth around Ridgecrest California last weekend with a 7.1 magnitude and the rest of us literally shook.
Many of my nearest and dearest had a hard time dealing with the earthquakes in Los Angeles, which weren’t as nearly impactful as the ones at ground zero. Seriously, I’ve felt more shaken while on a Subway.
Instagram influencer Amber Wagner also experienced the earthquakes and she’s also answering my questions about how she’ll behave when she bites the big one.
When her time comes, Wagner’s reaction proves that she will make Hot Cheetos priority numero uno.
During the earthquake last weekend, Wagner found herself in her car when it suddenly started shaking. At the time she was eating Hot Cheetos and live streaming on Instagram. “It’s an earthquake,” she says suddenly when she realizes that her car is visibly shaking. “It’s an earthquake. It’s a mother fuckin earthquake. Bitch y’all feel that?” She asks to no one in the car.
FYI: Wagner has yet to put or throw or Cheetos down. Priorities.
“The mutherfuckin’ windows are shaking on the barbershop and shit. Bitch it’s a big ass earthquake right now. Oh my god,” THEN she puts down the Cheetos before asking. “Oh shit Jesus, is this it?”
Of course, we were all SUPER worried for Amber and her experience…
But also. Slightly amused?
Amber asking NO ONE in the car if they “feel that??” is the best part of the video.
Oh, wait, no. I forgot. This is.
Literally cannot stop, will not stop laughing at this question.
And honestly, mostly it’s just because its a reaction that was just better said than my own.
Which was essentially me crying and calling my mom while I tore ass to get outside. Which apparently you aren’t even supposed to do??
But above all, the greatest thing about this video is Amber’s devotion to that Hot Cheetos bag.
I salute you, Amber. Live long and prosper. And I hope you live streamed or videod your reaction to today’s earthquake because I will be looking out for it.
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