‘I’m very nervous’: Richmond woman stranded in Louisiana as Barry blows through

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) –Tropical Storm Barry is impacting parts of Louisiana, causing one Richmond woman to be stranded as the storms worsen.

“I’m very nervous,” said Rylanda Thornton. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Thornton traveled to the central district of downtown New Orleans for a conference with her sorority. The event was canceled as a result of inclement weather tied to Barry.

Now, Thornton tells 8News she’s unable to make it back home to Virginia because planes are grounded in the area.

While making it back to Virginia is paramount, Thornton’s says right now she’s just focused on staying safe.

She told 8News that people in the area have been preparing for a while now.

“They’re kind of bare,” Thornton said of the grocery stores. “But believe it or not they did have some bread and some water. They still had the basic essentials there.”

For Thornton, time is all she has now as she insists she’ll remain calm and wait out the storm.

“We are stuck, we are still in good spirits,” Thornton said. “So, I just pray for safety for all the people who are still here. And I’m just riding the storm out.”

Thornton told 8News she could back home in Richmond as early as Sunday morning. However, delays could mean she’ll make it back to the state’s capital sometime Monday.

In the meantime, Thornton told 8News since the convention she was attending was canceled, organizers ended up donating over 17,000 meals to people in need as a result of the storm.

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