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Tropical Storm Barry winds increase to 70 mph at is nears Louisiana coast

Posted: 11:02 AM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-13 10:45:37-04
Tropical Storm Barry 11PM July 12

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Barry is strengthening as it approaches the coast of Louisiana, with winds now up to 70 mph.

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Barry strengthened into a tropical storm Thursday morning and is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when the center reaches the coast, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). After making landfall, the storm is expected to weaken after it moves inland.

Maximum sustained winds are currently at 70 mph, which is nearing the 74 mph required to be classified as a Category 1.

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Louisiana Coast. The Hurricane Center says Barry could bring a dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and damaging winds across the north-central Gulf Coast.

Barry is moving west-northwest at about 5 mph and is about 50 miles west-south-west of Morgan City Louisiana, according to NHC's Saturday morning update.

Tropical Storm Barry: The Latest

  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 70 MPH
  • Location: 50 miles from Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Hurricane Warning: Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Grand Isle, Louisiana
  • Tropical Storm Warning: Mouth of Pearl River, Louisiana to Grand Isle, Louisiana. Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, Louisiana, including metropolitan New Orleans. Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Cameron, Louisiana.
  • Storm Surge Warning: Intracoastal City, Louisiana to Biloxi, Louisiana
  • Hurricane Watch: Mouth of the Mississippi River to Grand Isle, Intracoastal City to Cameron

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New Orleans officials asked people to keep at least three days of supplies on hand and to keep their neighborhood storm drains clear so water can move quickly.

The system won't have any direct impact on the Tampa Bay area.

Barry is the second named Atlantic storm of the year. The first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Andrea, formed in the Atlantic Ocean back in May but quickly died out.

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2019 STORM NAMES

Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Imelda
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy

HURRICANE TERMS TO KNOW

Tropical Storm WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds