Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Southern LA


An SUV travels down Breakwater Drive in New Orleans, La., Friday, July 12, 2019, near the Orleans Marina as water moves in from Lake Pontchartrain from the storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. The area is behind a flood wall that protects the rest of the city. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As of 12:30 PM CDT Saturday, Barry has now made landfall in Southern Louisiana as a high-end tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It briefly achieved hurricane status earlier this morning, but is now back to being a tropical storm. Regardless of the name, the impacts for the Gulf states will remain the same.

Most if not all of the impacts from Barry will be felt in Louisiana and Mississippi in the form of torrential rainfall leading to flooding, high winds, & spin-up tornadoes.  Even though here in Alabama we’ll be located on the “wetter” side of the storm, impacts will be kept to a minimum for us. We’re only anticipating waves of heavy rain as outer bands of Barry begin to move in this afternoon.

Expect tropical rainfall along with gusty winds within these bands of rain.  The main timeframe will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. After sunset, however, the rain should subside and we’ll see a lull in the activity.  The rain should pick back up again during the day tomorrow as Barry tracks North up through the MS River Valley.

Rainfall totals for this weekend should be highest in West Alabama, on the order of 1.5 to 2.5″. The farther West you live, the wetter the weekend you’ll have.  When we’re not seeing rain, expect exceptionally high humidity along with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Once Barry clears the region by Monday, we can still expect more pop-up storms in the afternoon through the rest of the week.

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