Barry strengthens as Louisiana braces for flooding

Hurricane Central

Tropical Storm Barry is located about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River as of the 11 AM Friday advisory and is expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the Louisiana coast Saturday.

“Barry’s legacy will be water, not wind,” said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers. “As much as 25 inches of rain could fall across parts of Louisiana through the weekend and could cause devastating freshwater flooding on top of any storm surge.”

Barry’s maximum sustained winds were near 65 mph, with slow intensification expected through landfall.

“Water temperatures between Barry and the Louisiana coast are running 2-4 degrees above normal, more typical for August, not July,” added Marthers. “Although not likely, Barry could tap into the Gulf’s energy and strengthen suddenly before landfall.”

The next forecast advisory from the National Hurricane Center will be issued by 5 PM EDT Friday.

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