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Barry weakens to tropical storm as it hits Louisiana

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Barry weakens to tropical storm
America   Governors have declared emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi

Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City but quickly weakened to a tropical storm as sustained winds slowed to 70 mph.

Barry was a Category 1 hurricane as it reached the coast but soon weakened. The storm maintains strong winds and heavy rainfall as it moves northwest through Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm brought heavy rains and left some roads underwater and wind gusts knocked out power.

Governors have declared emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, where people have been ordered to evacuate or shelter in place with at least three days' worth of food and supplies.

More than 100,000 people were without power as the storm hit Louisiana’s south-central coast Saturday morning, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.us.

Wind and rain are expected to affect more than 3 million people.


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