Barry downgraded to a tropical depression

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Barry made landfall along the south central Louisiana coast early Saturday afternoon as the first hurricane of the 2019 season with max wind speeds of 75 mph.

As of the 5pm Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Center… Barry is now a tropical depression. Max winds are now at 35 mph. The center of the storm is 20 miles north/northeast of Shreveport, Louisiana. The storm is moving north around 9 mph.

Water levels along the southern coast of Louisiana are starting to gradual recede. Tropical storm force winds can still be felt along portions of the coast. Winds are expected to persist through the afternoon.

Heavy rains and flash flooding remains the greatest threat… as heavy rain will continue for the next couple of days. 6-12″ with isolated pockets of 20″ for total rainfall accumulation is expected for Louisiana. As Barry tracks north through the lower Mississippi Valley, total rainfall accumulations are expected to be as high as 4-8″ with isolated pockets of 12″.

Barry is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression later today…and continue to dissipate over the next 2-3 days.

Below is the 5 pm Sunday forecast track from the National Hurricane center.

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