Tropical Depression "Two" has grown into Tropical Storm Barry with a continued track over the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Current analysis of Barry shows maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and a low pressure center of 1005 mb. Current forecast tracks have the storm making landfall on the central Louisiana Gulf Coast as a category one hurricane. Storm surge watches are in place along the Louisiana coast and forecast winds speeds will max out between 75 to 85 mph during the first few hours of landfall.
This storm is coming at a terrible time. Heavy rains have already drenched New Orleans, and by Wednesday at noon, nearly 10 inches had fallen in some neighborhoods.
Flooding concerns along the Mississippi are looking slightly better than yesterday, with a few flood crest over the weekend to 19 feet. The levees protecting New Orleans are built up to 20 feet, one foot over the newly forecast river crest.
Storm surge and heavy rain continue to be the leading causes of concern with TS Barry. The slow moving nature of this storm will result in long duration heavy rain through areas already saturated and soak from previous rainy days. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are urging people to take this storm seriously, listen to officials, and evacuate if and when needed.
Update: Here are the 10 AM CDT Key Messages on Tropical Storm #Barry, expected to bring dangerous storm surge, wind and rainfall impacts to portions of the Gulf Coast. See https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB and https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN for more information. pic.twitter.com/njn6ty8FLV— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 11, 2019