Not even the most precise meteorologist could’ve predicted the storm of criticism Yanet Garcia, the hot weather girl from Monterrey, Mexico, received after posting a video of her out-of-proportion booty on T.V.
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.
There has been some seriously wild weather happening all around the globe in recent weeks.
From the record-breaking heat wave across Europe (Paris hit an all-time record high of 112ºF) to the tornado outbreaks in the US, it’s been a wild weather rollercoaster.
And now it’s Mexico’s turn. The city of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest, saw some truly freaky weather over the weekend.
Guadalajara is dealing with the aftermath of a record-shattering hail storm.
Residents of the Mexican city of Guadalajara woke up to a massive hailstorm Sunday that covered several neighborhoods in a layer of ice up to five feet thick in some areas.
The hailstorm hit Guadalajara at around 2 a.m. Sunday, the AFP reports, when the temperature suddenly dropped after several weeks of extreme summer heat.
Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, had residents trapped inside their homes and vehicles as the hail creeped inside stores and left ice mounted on top of cars making roads impassable.
The government of Jalisco has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque authorities to clean and remove the hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support citizens whose homes were affected.
While hail storms are relatively normal in Guadalajara, a storm of this magnitude is one for the record books.
At least six neighborhoods in the city outskirts woke up to hail up to six feet deep.
While children scampered around and hurled iceballs at each other, civil protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads.
Nearly 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas, some buried under piles of hail.
While no casualties were reported, two people showed “early signs of hypothermia,” the state civil protection office said.
Jalisco’s governor, the state where Guadalajara is located, begged the question of how can people still question climate change.
Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he’d never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.
“Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists,” he said on Twitter.
While some in the city decided to take advantage of the free ice.
Because when life gives you free ice…obviously you don’t let that go to waste.
Videos of the freak hail storm are making their way around social media and…OMG!
This is some seriously wild weather!
Many on Twitter reminded all of us of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”
I mean it’s not too far of a stretch. Weather like this is not normal in Guadalajara, especially at this level.
No place was safe…not even the beloved Oxxo convenience store chain.
When the local Oxxo has problems, you know things are bad.