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Photos of the heavy rain, tornadoes, and floods that slammed New Orleans

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The bad weather was related to an incoming tropical development

New Orleans experienced tornadoes and widespread flooding on Wednesday, July 10, when weather related to an incoming tropical development dumped more than 8 inches of rain in three hours. Although Sewerage & Water Board officials stated that 118 of the 120 pumps were operational, that was not enough to prevent water from closing streets, flooding cars, shuttering businesses, and leaving residents stranded.

The flash floods came as a surprise for locals who thought they had more time to prepare for the potential tropical storm. Many reported flooding on streets that had never flooded before.

The National Weather Service predicts that New Orleans will get another 8 to 10 inches of rain between now and Monday, as the tropical disturbance in the Gulf develops into a tropical storm or hurricane.

That storm’s rainfall, coupled with unusually high Mississippi River levels and storm surge, will test the strength of New Orleans’ levee system this weekend. Experts predict the Mississippi River to crest at 20 feet—which matches the height of the federal levee system. A flash flood watch is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared a state of emergency due to the tropical weather.

“Because of intense thunderstorms, and the further potential for tropical or hurricane force winds and further thunderstorms, New Orleans may experience more widespread localized severe flooding and gale force winds that could result in the endangerment and threat of life, injury and possible property damage,” Mayor Cantrell said in a statement. “I am declaring a state of emergency in the City of New Orleans, warranting the use of all extraordinary measures appropriate to ensure the public health, safety, welfare, and convenience.”

Flooding in Mid-City

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Flooding in Uptown

Flooding in the Lower Garden District

Funnel clouds in the lakefront area

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Flooding in Broadmoor

Flooding in the Irish Channel

Flooding and gridlock in the CBD

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