Barry makes landfall near Intracoastal City Louisiana and weakens to Tropical Storm
Barry became our first hurricane of the 2019 season and is now tracking north into central Louisiana. Barry made landfall over Intracoastal City Louisiana and has weakened to a Tropical Storm once again. The track of Barry will continue north through Central Louisiana and stay on the western edge of the Mississippi. The track has shifted a bit to the west with this latest run, according to the National Hurricane Center, but will still cause a great deal of damage along the Mississippi. Ahead of Barry making Landfall, New Orleans received significant rains, and they continue to, which will lead to a good deal of flooding. Since the city is several feet below sea level to begin with, the storm surge into the metropolitan locations will be hard to manage. Bottom line, even though Barry may only reach minimal hurricane strength, it will still be a significant issue for New Orleans.
The push into central Louisiana will bring heavy rains to Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Monroe and Alexandria before heading north into Arkansas. He will continue up the west bank of the Mississippi dropping several inches of rain back on the Mississippi watershed. This will also cause flooding downstream later in the week as the waters run back to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi.
As for the Commonwealth, expect rain from Barry to arrive late in the week. Our region should remain dry and hot most of the weekend and into next week. Thursday is when I expect to see some tropical moisture from the remnants of Barry. Heavy rain is usually a byproduct of a remnant tropical storm, so we should be ready for some heavy rain late next week.