FIRST ALERT: Barry becomes first hurricane of 2019 season as landfall along Louisiana coast is imminent

FIRST ALERT: Barry becomes first hurricane of 2019 season as landfall along Louisiana coast is imminent
Some areas of Louisiana may see two feet of rain from Barry. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Barry strengthened before it makes landfall with maximum winds of 75 MPH. This makes it a category 1 hurricane, and is forecast to deliver flash flooding to a large portion of Louisiana this weekend.

On the forecast track, the center of Barry will be near or over the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana later this morning and then move inland over the Lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Barry becomes first hurricane of 2019 season
Barry becomes first hurricane of 2019 season

While the winds are strong, it’s the slow-moving torrential tropical rains that could cause more damage. Rain totals easily could get close to 1-2 feet across Louisiana through the weekend.

Some areas of Louisiana may see two feet of rain from Barry.
Some areas of Louisiana may see two feet of rain from Barry. (Source: WMBF)

These rains are expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding over portions of the central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Over the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Intracoastal City to Grand Isle, Louisiana. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas near the Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, including New Orleans.

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