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North Carolina father of 6 has neck broken by ‘intense’ wave, killing him in ‘freak accident,’ wife says

A North Carolina father of six died on Friday after he was struck by an “intense wave” that knocked him to the ground and broke his neck, according to his wife.

Lee Dingle, 37, of Raleigh was playing on the beach at Oak Island with some of his children when he was hit by the powerful wave in a “freak accident,” his wife, Shannon Dingle, wrote on Twitter.

“Lee was playing on the beach with three of our kids yesterday, and an intense wave hit him just right to slam his head into the sand and break his neck,” she said.

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After breaking his neck, the 37-year-old’s throat swelled, depriving his brain of oxygen.

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Lee Dingle, 37, of Raleigh died after sustaining a serious injury when he was struck by a wave in Oak Island, N.C., on Friday. (Atlas Engineering, Inc. )

“Some heroes — including our kids — tried to save him, but it wouldn’t have mattered what they did,” Shannon Dingle said. “His body couldn’t recover from the initial injury.”

April Schweitzer, a friend of the Dingles, told WRAL-TV the powerful wave and injury left him in a situation that was “totally unexpected.”

“There was just too much swelling to do anything for him,” she told WRAL.

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Dingle was the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh and had worked for the company for 15 years. The engineering firm promoted Dingle to partner just three weeks ago, ABC11 reported.

“With a focus on personal interaction with clients to ensure the highest level of quality, Lee has extensive experience with the analysis of existing structures, repair design, upgrade/reinforcement details, platforms, cranes/hoists, materials handling systems, and concrete repairs,” according to a bio on the company’s website. “Lee’s private sector clients include manufacturing, research, and pharmaceutical companies.”

Sharon Dingle shared on Twitter the couple met when she was 18 and Lee was 19 and have been together ever since.

“I wasn’t supposed to be saying goodbye at 37,” she said. “I don’t know how to be a grown up without him, but I’ll learn. I just wish I didn’t have to.”

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The 37-year-old is survived by his wife and six children by birth and adoption. Schweitzer described him as a model father to ABC 11.

“How he saw each child for who they were uniquely and just supported them in that, encouraged them and was just always there for them,” Schweitzer told the television station. “I feel like anyone who knew him was a better person from their interactions with him.”

A GoFundMe page soliciting money for the family had raised  more than $92,000 as of 10 a.m. on Sunday.

“I’m overwhelmed by all the love as I figure out life without my love after a freak accident,” Shannon Dingle said. “Some friends just created this, and I am so grateful.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service warns of the dangers of shorebreaks, an ocean condition when waves break directly on the shore. Waves that are small and high can be “unpredictable and dangerous,” and typically form where this is a rapid transition from deep to shallow water

“The power of a shorebreak can cause injuries to extremities and the cervical spine. Spinal cord injuries most often occur when diving headfirst into the water or being tumbled in the waves by the force of the waves,” the agency states. “Be sure to ask a lifeguard about the wave conditions before going into the water.”

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Severe storms leave hundreds of thousands without power across Wisconsin, Michigan

A series of powerful thunderstorms over the weekend across the upper Midwest may have given a reprieve from the heat wave gripping the eastern half the country, where hundreds of thousands across Michigan and Wisconsin are without power while residents clean up the damage.

The thunderstorms brought hurricane-force wind gusts in two rounds on Friday night and Saturday from South Dakota into southern Minnesota, with a separate cluster of storms stretching across Wisconsin and into Michigan.

“I was so scared, I really thought I was going to die,” Lisa Gast told FOX11.

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A storm bringing dark clouds, strong winds and a drop in temperature moves in over Flint, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Kathryn Ziesig/The Flint Journal via AP)

Gast, who was driving from work to her home in Mountain when the first round of storms moved through, said in her 20 years living in the community about 65 miles northwest of Green Bay she’s never experienced a storm like the one Friday night.

“I wanted to get home to my family,” she said.

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As of Sunday morning, more than 564,000 power outages were reported in Wisconsin and Michigan as a result of the severe weather, according to poweroutage.us.

The vast majority of outages were reported in Michigan, where DTE Energy said 375,000 customers were without power as of 6 a.m. on Sunday due to the two waves of severe weather that moved through southeast Michigan Friday and Saturday.

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The scope of power outages across Southeast Michigan as of Sunday morning. (DTE Energy)

“I know it is very hard and inconvenient to live without power any time, but especially in today’s record heat levels,” spokesperson Heather Rivard told FOX2.

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A storm bringing strong winds and a drop in temperature moves in over Flint, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Kathryn Ziesig/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP)

Rivard said that crews working 16-hour shifts around the clock were calling for back up, with several crews arriving Saturday afternoon from northern Indiana. Officials have answered calls for more than 1,500 downed power lines due to the storms.

“There may still be additional wires down out there. We encourage you, if you see a downed line, do not go near it and call DTE right away,” Rivard told FOX2.

Electric service is expected to be restored to all affected customers by the end of the day Tuesday, according to DTE.

The extreme heat helped trigger severe weather throughout Metro Detroit and southeastern Michigan, with areas hit by flooding, 60 mph winds and egg-sized hail.

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Alex Hutchens cuts a downed pine tree into pieces in his front yard after a powerful storm with straight-line winds blowing up to 53 miles per hour came through the Mankato area, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Minn. (Jackson Forderer/The Free Press via AP)

Temperatures have since dropped and are expected to be in the low-80s to start the week.

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In Wisconsin, utility companies warned that power could be out for days, especially in the Fox Valley area as some electrical infrastructure needs to be rebuilt.

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A tree uprooted by a morning storm crushes a vehicle parked outside an apartment building, in Mankato, Minn., Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Jackson Forderer/The Free Press via AP)

Matt Cullen, a spokesman for both WPS and We Energies, told FOX11 the priority is addressing downed power lines that are still electrified.

We Energies said on Twitter that they have restored power to more than 33,000 customers as of Saturday afternoon after “extensive damage.”

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The line of severe thunderstorms that impacted South Dakota into Minnesota were known as a derecho, which is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms, according to AccuWeather.

“The derecho and other severe thunderstorms erupting over the Midwest on Saturday were fueled by the sweltering heat and humidity surging over a large part of the nation,” said stated AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

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3 million gallons of ‘untreated sewage’ spill into Puget Sound after power outage, prompting beach closures

State officials in Washington are investigating after an estimated 3 million gallons of “untreated sewage” were dumped in the Puget Sound in just under 30 minutes Friday morning.

The Department of Ecology confirmed that a combination of “power disruptions” and the failure of the backup pumping systems at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle led to the spillage of around 3 million gallons of waste into Puget Sound, prompting the closure of several beaches due to bacteria levels in the water.

Officials said in a statement that the waste was “untreated” and the massive flow took place in just 27 minutes.

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The sewage was diverted to an outfall near North Beach in Discovery Park.

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A power outage at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle led to the spillage of around 3 million gallons of waste into Puget sound. (Washington’s Department of Ecology)

In King County alone, nine beaches were initially shut down and residents were urged to avoid water contact until further notice. An update Friday afternoon revised the list to just two beaches in the county.

Jefferson County issued a warning for Fort Worden State Park “due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water.”

Three beaches in Kitsap County will also remain closed until Monday because of the sewage spill.

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While it is not clear what caused the backup pump systems to fail, the initial power disruption at the plant was caused by a Seattle City Light power surge and outage, King County officials said. More than 10,000 people were affected by the blackout.

According to Seattle City Light, more than half of the disruptions at the plant over the last 17 years were caused by “malfunctioning electrical facilities.”

Washington’s Department of Ecology is investigating the incident as “unauthorized discharges” that violate the state’s water quality permits.

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“Ecology anticipates taking necessary enforcement actions after its full investigation.”

A similar power failure occurred Thursday at the Renton Wastewater Treatment Plant in King County for around 50 minutes.

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Girl, 6, dies after father accidentally hits her with golf ball on Utah course, police say

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A 6-year-old Utah girl died Monday after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball, investigators said.

The two were at the Sleepy Ridge golf course in Orem when Aria Hill was struck by a ball in the back of her neck while sitting in a golf cart, Orem police Lt. Trent Colledge said.

She was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition and died from her injuries hours later. The girl’s uncle said Hill often went golfing with her father.

“She loved doing it and had a good time with it all,” David Smith told the Deseret News. “That was one of their things that they would do together. It was something that was really important to them and something they did all the time.”

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Police were investigating the incident but it appeared to be an accident, Colledge said.

Orem is about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

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Natural gas explosion at California home kills worker, injures 15 others

A gas company worker was killed and more than a dozen people were hurt when a natural gas explosion leveled a home in Southern California on Monday, according to officials.

The blast took place shortly after noon in Murrieta, located about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Firefighters and Southern California Gas Co. workers had gone to the home after a report that a contractor had damaged a gas line.

SoCalGas officials told FOX11 the contractor did not call 811, a phone number to notify utility companies about projects that involve digging so that the utility companies can safely mark all buried lines, before him and his team began digging.

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Shortly after crews arrived, an explosion killed one SoCalGas employee and injured another. Murrieta Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer said 15 people were injured in total, including three firefighters.

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A firefighter and civilians train fire hoses on a burning home after an explosion and fire destroyed the home in Murrieta, Calif., sending up thick flames and closing several streets. One Southern California Gas Company employee was killed. (Andrew Foulk via AP)

The explosion sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and the fire doused more than an hour later.

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A house in Murrieta, Calif. caught fire and exploded on Monday as a result of a gas line rupture, killing a gas company worker and injuring 15 others. (KTTV)

Photos from the scene showed the home virtually torn apart, with flames burning about 20 feet high.

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Neighbors said the explosion shattered windows throughout the neighborhood. Jessica Molstad who lives nearby told FOX11 that, at first, she thought the blast was an earthquake after other recent temblors.

Kevin McKinney, 63, lives in a home next door that was damaged by the blast. There was “just a huge, huge explosion and then I heard screams and went outside,” he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

In a statement posted to Twitter, SoCalGas said its “deepest sympathies are with all those impacted by the Murrieta incident.”

“Sadly, we lost one of our technicians today. He will be greatly missed,” the company said. “We urge all contractors & homeowners to call 811 to have utility lines marked prior to digging of any sort.”

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The identification of the worker that was killed has not yet been released. The investigation into the deadly blast is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Shark bites girl, 16, who was boogie boarding on Florida vacation, reports say

A shark bit a 16-year-old girl while the teen was boogie boarding during a Florida vacation, according to reports.

The 16-year-old girl was enjoying the water outside her hotel in Amelia Island on Friday morning when the shark attacked, Fox 30 reported, citing sheriff’s officials.

She suffered bite marks on her heel and ankle, the Florida Times-Union reported.

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A shark bit a 16-year-old girl while she was vacationing in Florida, according to reports. (iStock)

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Investigators said the girl was vacationing from South Florida.

No other details were released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tropical Storm Barry brings ‘significant flooding threat’ as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water

After making landfall in Louisiana, Tropical Storm Barry continued making its slow trek northward on Sunday across the region, bringing the threat of flash flooding for the lower Mississippi River valley and warnings by officials to stay out of the water due to what may lurk underneath.

The National Hurricane Center said as of 11 a.m. ET that Barry was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, moving north at 6 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the system weakened to a tropical storm, the NHC said.

“Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches,” the NHC said. “This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding.”

In Mississippi, up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the captial city of Jackson and some of its suburbs.

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President Trump took to Twitter to warn people across the region to be on guard as the day went on.

“A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast,” the president tweeted. “Please be very careful!”

First responders across the region echoed the president’s sentiments and urged people to stay out of floodwaters for a different reason: other creatures that may lurk below.

The St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1 posted pictures to Facebook on Saturday of several snakes that fire crews have come across in Slidell, La.

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Several snakes that fire crews have come across in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Barry. (St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1)

“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the floodwaters as well,” the agency said.

BARRY MAKES LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA AFTER WEAKENING BACK TO TROPICAL STORM

In Livingston Parish, a family and a dog had a very close encounter with an alligator. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness posted a video to its Twitter account of the close encounter.

“No animals were harmed while this video was recorded,” the agency said.

Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five who were trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV. The National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because waters were too high to safely reach the family’s home. Franklin is about 40 miles southeast of Lafayette.

When officials eventually got to the home, the people living there said they didn’t need to be rescued, officials told the television station.

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As the Atchafalaya River continues to rise due to the rains of Tropical Storm Barry, it becomes harder to see the Morgan City name on the sea wall, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Morgan City, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“We got to a spot where we were starting to float a little bit and I wasn’t comfortable with that so we stopped a bit,” Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Dep. Steve Dooley told KTBS. “We didn’t have very far to go so we decided to drive the rest of the way. We made it to the house, and they just didn’t want to come out.”

The deputies told KTBS that floodwaters in the area dropped significantly throughout the evening.

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The storm’s first wave had not inundated New Orleans as feared, with the city experiencing moderate rain Saturday. Forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed.

None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and they were expected to hold up through the storm, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Video also showed water getting over a second levee in Plaquemines Parish, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

“The levees did do really well along the Mississippi River but there’s all those others rivers, it’s a very wet area, there’s a lot of moisture there, a lot of rivers that are going to continue to rise. so we have a long ways to go with this,” Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends.”

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In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

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This photo shows the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Belle Chasse, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

In Mandeville, a city on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, storm surge and choppy waters sent waves pushing over the seawall and into nearby communities. Elsewhere, Coast Guard helicopters rescued a dozen people and two pets from flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said.

More than 140,000 customers in Louisiana and another more than 4,000 customers in Mississippi were without power early Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.

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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Barry was expected to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday. But forecasts showed the storm on a path toward Chicago that would swell the Mississippi River basin.

Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends” that another thing to keep in mind is that the storm took place at earlier part of the hurricane season as the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for over 200 days due to all the moisture from the winter and spring still traveling downriver. The threat for flooding in the region could still persist when the season ramps up in August and September.

“If we have a storm again, a stronger storm into August or September, we could talk about this same situation,” he said.

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Indiana boy, 2, ran over by lawn mower, airlifted to hospital for ‘serious injuries,’ police say

A toddler in Indiana sustained serious injuries on Saturday after his grandfather backed over him with a lawn mower, according to officials.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook the incident happened around 1 p.m. on the 3600 block of Grayford Road in Commiskey, located about 70 miles south of Indianapolis.

“Deputies are still investigating and thus far calling it a terrible accident,” police said. “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

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Police said that William and Beverly Waltermire showed up at the sheriff’s office in North Vernon asking for an ambulance for their grandson.

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A 2-year-old boy in Indiana had to be airlifted to a hospital after sustaining “serious injuries” when he was run over by a lawn mower on Saturday. (iStock)

While William was mowing the lawn at a property on Grayford Road, the 2-year-old boy ran towards his grandfather, chased by his grandmother, according to police.

The boy then fell as the grandfather was backing up, and went under the lawn mower while it was still running, the couple told the police.

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The grandparents rushed to the sheriff’s office, met with emergency responders, and the grandson was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

The boy was then flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for “serious injuries,” according to police.

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“We would like to thank Rescue 20 and St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital Staff as well as Officers from the North Vernon Police Department for their efforts,” police said.

Additional incidents about the accident have yet to be released. The sheriff’s office said that deputies are still investigating.

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What is the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale?

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Hurricanes are categorized using what’s known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) explains online that it “is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.”

Different types of damage may occur depending on each storm category. Read on to see what they signify.

Category 1, sustained winds of 74 – 95 mph

For storms in this category, there’s going to be “some damage” from winds, the NHC advises.

Large tree branches and shallow trees could be knocked down, according to the agency. Gutters, roofs, shingles and vinyl siding for what it calls “well-constructed frame homes” could be affected, too.

Category 2, sustained winds of 96 – 110 mph

“Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage,” the NHC warns for such storms.

There may be power outages “that could last from several days to weeks.”

Category 3, sustained winds of 111 – 129 mph

Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 storms are all labeled “major” hurricanes.

With Category 3, there will be “devastating” damage, according to the NHC.

“Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends,” the agency warns. There also may be no water or electricity for days to weeks after the storm moves along.

Category 4, sustained winds of 130 – 156 mph

“Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls,” the NHC explains.

For both Category 4 and Category 5 storms, “catastrophic” damage is forecast: they involve residential areas being cut off by trees and power poles that have come down, the agency says, and there may be months-long power outages.

Category 5, sustained winds of 157 mph or higher

This is the highest rating for hurricanes on the scale.

“A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse,” according to the NHC. 

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Tropical Storm Barry: Hurricane strength likely when storm hits land; Mississippi River surge downgraded

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Tropical Storm Barry is expected to reach hurricane strength before it makes landfall early Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 2 a.m. ET Saturday, the storm was moving west-northwest at 3 miles per hour as it approached Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph, the weather service reported. The storm was about 70 miles south of Morgan City, La.

Meanwhile, forecasters were downgrading a predicted rise for the Mississippi River.  They said Friday night that the river would rise about 2 feet lower than originally expected and most likely will not break over its levees.

The NWS said the river will likely rise as high as 17.1 feet by Monday in New Orleans. The levees protecting the city range from about 20 to 25 feet high. Forecasters had earlier thought the river would crest Saturday at about 19 feet in New Orleans.

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Barry’s torrential rains are expected to test New Orleans’ post-Katrina flood defenses. The storm is forecast to dump 10 to 20 inches of rain on New Orleans through Sunday. Residents have not been advised to evacuate. Instead, officials said to stay indoors, have about three days’ worth of supply, and make sure neighborhood flood drains remain unblocked to allow water flow.

Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans in 2005, and was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths in Louisiana and other states, by some estimates.

In Katrina’s aftermath, the Army Corps of Engineers began a multibillion-dollar hurricane-protection system that isn’t complete. The work included repairs and improvements to some 350 miles of levees and more than 70 pump stations that are used to remove floodwaters.

President Trump has already declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, authorizing federal disaster relief efforts. And about 10,000 people in Plaquemines Parish on Louisiana’s low-lying southeastern tip were ordered evacuated on Thursday.

New Orleans is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of its low elevation. Only about half the city is above sea level — a drop from what once was 100 percent, according to the Atlantic, which cited human activity as a primary reason for the drop.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that the storm’s impact, coupled with the already-high Mississippi River –which has been swelled by heavy rain and snowmelt upriver this spring — could be a dangerous combination.

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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