Tropical Storm Barry turned into a tropical depression Sunday afternoon, but Gulf coast residents still are being warned not to let down their guards.
Flash flood watches have been in effect not only in much of Louisiana and Mississippi, but also in parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.
While the Gulf coast did not suffer catastrophic flooding, residents across the area are still advised to pay attention to tornado and flash-flood warnings and watches as the storm moves north.
“Much of the southern portion of the state is still experiencing heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding, and we’re in elevated risk for tornadic activity,” Louisiana’s Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) warned at a news conference.
Even though officials downgraded Barry to a tropical depression, Edwards stressed it is still something to watch closely.
“So we continue to stress what we said yesterday, and that is not to let your guard down and become too complacent too soon; remain vigilant and pay attention and watch the advisories that come out,” he said.
Edwards says he’s “extremely grateful” Barry did not produce the devastating floods that forecasters predicted.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also expressed relief.