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Dramatic video showed an airlift rescue of a man his canine best friend by the US Coast Guard near Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall as a hurricane on Saturday.
At least a dozen people had to be rescued after becoming stranded on Isle de Jean Charles, a remote island within Terrebonne Parish.
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On Sunday, Tropical Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana, threatening tornadoes and dropping up to 15 inches of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River.
Barry made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Saturday then quickly weakened to a tropical storm.
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Although it decreased its intensity over the weekend, Accuweather has warned that following rains and flooding are still a major risk in lower Mississippi as the system travels toward the Northeast.
'Our greatest concern is for torrential rain that would result in life-threatening flooding,' AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
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Video of the air rescue shows a man and his pet being helped into a hanging basket from a set of wooden stairs leading up to a house that is nearly completely immersed in water.
As the man and his dog near the safety of the helicopter, the basket begins to swing and the person reeling him up has to use a foot to help steady the basket.
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The dog can be seen hunkering down between its owner's legs as the helicopter rises while the basket is finally pulled on board.
The storm system that left the man stranded was 50 miles (85 km) south-southeast of Shreveport with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles (65 km) per hour on Sunday morning.
Central - Sunday - Buildings - Louisiana - Mississippi
By 12pm Central on Sunday, more than 126,000 buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power, according to PowerOutage.US.
Fears that Barry might devastate the low-lying city of New Orleans...
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