Heavy rain, damaging winds and flash flooding are expected when Hurricane Barry reaches land. The storm is expected to impact much of eastern Louisiana into parts of southern and central Mississippi and parts of southeastern Arkansas. There are hurricane watches in place, and Louisiana has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the damaging weather system reaching land.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, warning residents that “this is going to be a Louisiana event with coastal flooding and heavy rainfall potentially impacting every part of the state.
“No one should take this storm lightly.”
At the time of writing, tropical storm Barry was located around 90 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and approximately 185 miles south-east of Morgan City, Indiana.
Barry is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 40mph, which are predicted to intensify as it reaches land.
According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), Barry is moving toward the west near 5 mph and this motion is expected to continue today.
A turn toward the west-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Friday.
On the forecast track, the centre of Barry will be near the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana Friday night or Saturday.
AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: “There is a fairly high chance that Tropical Storm Barry will become a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale before making landfall.”
If this happens, Barry would become the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season.
Mr Kottlowski said: “Our greatest concern is for torrential rain that would result in life-threatening flooding.
“Heavy, flooding rainfall is expected over a large area especially over much of eastern Louisiana into parts of southern and central Mississippi and parts of southeastern Arkansas.”
Warnings currently in place according to the National Hurricane Centre
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- Mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:
- Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:
- Shell Beach to the Mississippi/Alabama border
- Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Intracoastal City
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
- Mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- East of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border
- Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans