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New Orleans: evacuations ordered as city braces for possible hurricane

New Orleans: evacuations ordered as city braces for possible hurricane

Louisiana braces for hurricane

Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground  on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first  hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could  pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood  defenses.

National guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state as Louisiana braced for the arrival of the storm along its swampy southern tip Friday night or early Saturday.

Source: New Orleans: evacuations ordered as city braces for possible hurricane

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