New Orleans is already getting flooded by what could turn into a hurricane

(CNN)The first tropical system to slam the US this year is expected to make landfall as a hurricane. But days before landfall, it’s already walloping New Orleans with widespread flooding. “We took in about 2 feet of water in our basement/ground floor level,” Catalano said. “I’m very concerned about the impending storm, with the Mississippi River near flood stage. I’m very worried about more flooding.” Indeed, the worst is yet to come. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said about 10 to 15 inches of rain could fall within 24 hours between Friday and Saturday. “That is a short time period for such an intense” rainfall, Edwards said. Even worse: The slow-moving storm is crawling at about 3 to 5 mph, …