Friday is Tropical Storm Barry's last full day over open water, and while wind shear continues to shred through the north side of the storm, Barry is strengthening.
National Hurricane Center 11 am Advisory:
Tropical Storm Barry's winds have increased from 50 mph at 8 am to 65 mph with a central pressure of 998 mb and a speed to the WNW at 5 mph. Barry started to make the turn towards land early this morning and will continue to approach Louisiana today.
The National Hurricane Center expects Barry to briefly become a hurricane before making landfall on Saturday.
The biggest threat with this tropical storm continues to be the potential for significant flooding with forecasts calling for parts of southeast Louisiana to experience up to 20 inches of rain. A large swath of Louisiana and Mississippi is forecasted to see more than 5 inches of rain and heavy rain is expected to extend across the Mississippi River Valley. The worst of the rain will happen near the storm's center and to the east, with some of the highest rain totals expected to occur outside of Barry's forecast cone.
Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of southern Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center expects winds to be sustained at 74 mph or greater in parts of this area as Barry makes landfall. Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for nearly all of southern Louisiana and the western most parts of Mississippi.