Tropical Storm Barry continued to pound Louisiana on Sunday, threatening tornadoes and dumping more than a foot of rain in some parts of the state, where officials were still warning of life-threatening flooding.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REAR ADMIRAL PAUL THOMAS, COMMANDER, EIGHTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT, SAYING: "We are quite concerned about this storm.
It remains a very dangerous storm, particularly with regards to the amount of water that could be dropped in those areas in an already full river basin." The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least 11 people on Saturday, after the storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.
Barry has since weakened to a tropical storm but was still creeping north through western Louisiana.
Low-lying New Orleans saw light rain on Sunday morning, and churches and some businesses were open, says Reuters Reporter Colin Eaton.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, COLLIN EATON, SAYING: "We're here in New Orleans on Bourbon Street.
The city seems to have been spared the worst of Hurricane Barry.
Residents have been hunkering down.
But some tourists have been trickling out.
Some are disappointed that sites seem to be closed but there are some restaurants open here.
Some have remained open through the storm, true to the spirit of the area." More rain was expected to raise the already flooded Mississippi River but not above the levees.
Tens of thousands remained without power.
And Louisiana's National Guard had some 3,000 soldiers deployed to help residents around the state.