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Computer model simulation of water vapor and winds in developing Hurricane Barry on July 12. Credit: Earth Simulator
New Orleans faces the potential for one of its worst flood events in history this weekend, Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman reports.
The big picture: Tropical Storm Barry is lumbering off the coast, pulling copious amounts of moisture from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and poised to direct it like a firehose at Louisiana and Mississippi.
Why it matters: The Mississippi River is already so high in the New Orleans area that heavy rain plus a storm surge could overtop the cities' river levees for the first time, flooding parts of the city.
The bottom line: Residents of New Orleans, and indeed much of the central Gulf Coast, need to prepare now for a significant, dangerous storm.
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Harvey Weinstein exits after his appearance in criminal court on sexual assault charges in New York City.
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Good news: "Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje’s zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression," the AP reports.