Tropical Storm Barry gets stronger

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
July 11, 2019 - 10:18 pm

Tropical Storm Barry is spinning in the Gulf of Mexico less than 90 miles from the Louisiana coast.  

The National Hurricane Center says the system's winds are picking up.

"Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts," according to the advisory. "Strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Barry could become a hurricane late Friday or early Saturday when the center is near the Louisiana coast."

Forecasters say the system will send increasing bands of rain over New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana Friday and Saturday.  

Landfall is predicted Saturday as a strong tropical storm or minimal hurricane along the central part of Louisiana's coast.


The Hurricane Center says Louisiana and Mississippi could see widespread rainfall totals of 20 inches Friday through Sunday with isolated amounts of 25 inches in some areas.  

State and local leaders say that would lead to widespread flooding.  

They urge everyone to a have a few days supply of food and water on hand in the event of floods and power outages.


RAINFALL:  Barry is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi, with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches. These rains are expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding over portions of the central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley.  Over the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

  • Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach...3 to 6 ft
  • Shell Beach to the Mississippi/Alabama border...2 to 4 ft
  • Intracoastal City to the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River...3 to 5 ft
  • Lake Pontchartrain...2 to 4 ft

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected in the Hurricane Warning area by Friday night or Saturday morning, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin on Friday.  Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area by Friday night or Saturday morning.  Tropical Storm conditions are expected to spread across the Tropical Storm Warning area starting early Friday, with tropical storm conditions possible in the Tropical Storm Watch area by Friday night or Saturday.

TORNADOES:  A few tornadoes are possible Friday and Friday night across southeast Louisiana, far southern Mississippi, and the Alabama coast.

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