Threat to Oil Over: Tropical Storm Barry is expected to weaken today

(CNN) Tropical Storm Barry was briefly a Category 1 hurricane before it made landfall Saturday and weakened back down to a tropical storm. The slow-moving storm still has heavy rain to come, threatening parts of Louisiana and Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and river flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. Officials are working to evacuate residents with their pets, saying that it is important and humane to keep the two together even in life-threatening conditions. It will not be an easy storm for the region to weather, but Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says that the state will recover. “The people of Louisiana are resilient,” he added, “and while the next few days may be challenging, I am confident that we are going to get through this.” As Barry moves north-northwest over Louisiana, it is expected to weaken, becoming a tropical depression during the day Sunday, the NHC said early Sunday morning. Heavy rain and flooding are the primary threat to the state, the National Weather Service in New Orleans. State, local and federal officials spent days preparing for the storm and possible impacts. Nearly 3,000 National Guards troops had been deployed throughout Louisiana for potential storm response, and the state’s Emergency Operations Center remains fully active and staffed around the clock, according to Edwards’ office. Multiple places in Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans, saw levees overtopped on Saturday. The overtopping happened in less populated areas, but officials worry that possible flooding of Highway 23 could trap residents. At least 132,212 customers in Louisiana were without power as of the early hours of Sunday. While the storm has — and may continue to — cause problems for the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is not at risk for some of the dangers officials predicted before the storm hit.

All eyes were on the Mississippi River, as forecasts showed a potential storm surge of 2 to 3 feet that could have raised the river’s level to 19 feet in New Orleans. The levees protect up to only one foot higher. But Friday’s storm surge was lower than expected. And even with the heavy rain ahead, the NWS is now only predicting up to 17.1 feet, with the next crest expected to happen on Monday.