Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Barry
Tropical Storm Barry, seen here by GOES East on 12 July, 2019, at 9 a.m. ET is strengthening over the warm waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Barry is expected to begin tracking toward the northwest later today and turn north on Saturday before making landfall.
"Barry is expected to be a hurricane when the centre reaches the Louisiana coast," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned in its 11 a.m. update.
While Barry could still reach hurricane strength before landfall, heavy rainfall and storm surge remain the biggest threats. Parts of south-central and southeast Louisiana, as well as parts of southwest Mississippi, could see total rainfall of accumulations of 10-20 inches, according to the NHC. This could lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding in these areas. Hurricane and storm surge watches and warnings are already in effect for much of the region.
While Barry doesn't have the typical presentation of a tropical cyclone on satellite loops at this time, a National Hurricane Center spokesman noted that the latest imagery "suggests the convection is beginning to wrap more around the centre."
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Credit: NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)