I felt the need to do a quick video about the Americans in the “flyover country” states that are in the path of Tropical Storm Barry.
I did a video earlier in the year about the flooding in the “bread basket” and how it this could lead to food shortages. A story that didn’t get enough coverage in the media (because of the politics of the region in my opinion).
The coverage of Tropical Storm Barry has been focused mostly on the Gulf States, understandable, and pray for those living there. However, it is important to mention that this storm is add to the already flooded-out farmland in the middle of the country.
Michael Snyder over at the End of the American Dream blog lays it out perfectly once again:
It is being reported that approximately 11 million people are currently under flash flood warnings right now, and this storm is moving very, very slowly…
As of Sunday afternoon, Barry was crawling north across Louisiana at around 9 mph — slower than a bicyclist. That means it’s still hovering over the same state where it made landfall Saturday, dumping copious amounts of rain on cities already deluged.
And it’s not even close to done.
“Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across portions of the lower Mississippi Valley with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi,” the NHC said.
The slower this storm moves, the more rain it will dump, and we are talking about immense amounts of water.
In fact, at one point it was being projected that Barry would dump 14 trillion gallons of rain on Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas…
Heavy rain packs the biggest danger over the region through the weekend. Forecasters said up to 20 inches is expected over southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Alexandria, and in southwest Mississippi, with as much as 25 inches in some isolated areas.
In all, some 14 trillion gallons of rainwater is forecast to fall on Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas during Barry, according to an estimate from BAM Weather meteorologist Ryan Maue.
The current track of this storm is going to take it over some of the hardest hit areas of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Needless to say, a lot of farmers are saying prayers and hoping for a miracle.
You can find the audio version of the episode here and on ITunes, and as always the video is available: