Tracking Tropical Depression Barry

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Barry is official the first hurricane to make landfall for the 2019 season. While the storm made category one status late Saturday morning, it did downgrade back to a tropical storm after it made landfall. The National Hurricane Center determined Barry had weakened further. As of Sunday at 4:32 p.m., Barry was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Barry made landfall over Intracoastal City, Louisiana and impacted southern and southeastern portions of the state. The track of Barry will continue north through Central Louisiana and up into Arkansas. 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 River.

Barry was already causing issues ahead of making landfall. New Orleans and other spots in southern Louisiana received significant rainfall which resulted in flash flooding and flooding in the region. They will continue face these threats over the next few days as Barry slowly exits the area. Storm surge also caused flooding as the storm approached. While the storm did reached minimal hurricane status and is continuing as a tropical storm, Barry will still cause significant issues for the lower part of Louisiana.

The push into central Louisiana will also bring heavy rains to Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Monroe and Alexandria before heading north into Arkansas. Barry 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 River. 

As for the Commonwealth, expect rain from Barry to arrive later in the upcoming week. Remnants of Barry could move into Southwest and Central Virginia by Wednesday and Thursday.  This will come as scattered showers and storms. Heavy rain is likely as this moisture surges in.

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