Tropical Storm Barry to impact the Louisiana Coast
Our second named storm of the season has formed, this time in the Gulf of Mexico. Barry has developed winds sustained at 40 mph and is moving west at a slow pace. around 5 mph. The warm waters of the Gulf along with other weather parameter in the region will help Barry to continue to strengthen over the next few days. The National Hurricane Center has Barry staying just below hurricane status and making landfall along the central Louisiana coast sometime early Saturday morning.
New Orleans will likely be targeted for 10 – 12” of rain and significant flooding is expected. A storm surge into the region near the city could be as high as 2 – 3 feet which would be dangerous due to the fact that New Orleans is below sea level with multiple levees throughout the area.
Barry should move north into western Louisiana Saturday then continue up the western Mississippi river dissipating in southern Missouri on Tuesday. Rain from Barry may migrate into the Commonwealth by the middle of next week. All subject to adjustment of course.