HURRICANE BARRY has now made landfall in the US, just three days after developing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Barry was formerly a tropical storm spinning furiously in the Gulf of Mexico. The system developed earlier last week, starting out as a tropical depression, and became a hurricane earlier today. Experts warned the storm would touch down with sustained winds of 75mph in Louisiana, with dangerous implications for already flood stricken New Orleans. However the storm’s contact with land reduced its power, and it is now demoted to a tropical storm.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US is tracking the storm as it makes landfall.
Their National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has sent out advisory notices every three hours, updating people on the storm’s progression.
In their most recent advisory, they said the system is once again a tropical storm, packing maximum wind speeds of 70mph.
The NHC says the storm will continue to weaken into the future, and continue to track northwards from the Louisiana coast.
The latest advisory reads: “Barry is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and a turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Barry will move through southern Louisiana this afternoon, into central Louisiana tonight, and into northern Louisiana on Sunday.
“Maximum sustained winds are now near 70 mph (115 km/h) with higher gusts, and these winds are located over water to the southeast of the centre.
“Weakening is expected as Barry moves farther inland, and it is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Sunday.”
“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the centre.
“The National Ocean Service station at Eugene Island, Louisiana recently reported sustained winds of 61 mph and a wind gust of 72 mph.”
The NHC has also released a chain of weather warnings with their latest update.
They say although the storm was downgraded, it could still cause storm surges and hurricane-strength winds.
Here is a summary of the current warnings in effect:
– Intracoastal City to Grand Isle
– Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle
– Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans
– Intracoastal City to Sabine Pass
– Intracoastal City to Biloxi
– Lake Pontchartrain
– Biloxi to the Mississippi/Alabama border