Mayor: New Orleans pumps working as storm nears

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The mayor of New Orleans says the city's water pumps are "working at optimal capacity" as Tropical Storm Barry moves toward the state's Gulf coast.

But speaking at a Thursday news conference, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell added that flooding is a threat because slow-moving, heavy rains are expected from the storm.

National Weather Service meteorologist says New Orleans could get 10 to 15 inches of rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Some isolated areas could see 20 inches.

Barry could hit Louisiana as a weak hurricane over the weekend.