Latest Weather Update on Barry
Barry has turned more toward the northwest, however, there are no major changes to local impact forecast since our last update. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the New Orleans area. The City of New Orleans continues to prepare for Tropical Storm Barry, which is likely to impact the New Orleans area as early as Friday afternoon and through Sunday.
The National Weather Service expects the primary impact from this system to be heavy rain, with rainfall totals currently predicted in the ten-to-20 inch range in New Orleans and locally higher amounts possible. The greatest risk for heavy rainfall currently appears to be Friday through Sunday. A Flash Flood Watch will continue to remain in effect.
The National Weather Service is confident that much of southeast Louisiana will experience tropical storm force winds (>39 mph). The most likely onset of winds is this afternoon, but could be earlier this morning. Tropical storm conditions could linger through late Saturday night.
Elevated tides are possible and coastal flooding may be a problem in some areas beginning Friday. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for areas outside of the levee system in Orleans Parish, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, and Irish Bayou.
Effects of storm surge have the potential to increase the Mississippi River stage to 19 feet at the Carrollton Gauge on Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Mississippi River including the New Orleans area through Saturday, July 13. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority is closing flood gates along the river, all of which will be closed by Thursday evening.
Isolated tornadoes will be possible. Main threat for tornadoes will be today through Saturday.
Residents should be wrapping up their preparedness activities this morning.