Barry forecast to become a hurricane before making landfall on the Louisiana coast

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Tropical Storm Barry continues to take aim at the Louisiana Coast with landfall expected Saturday… forecast to reach category 1 hurricane strength.

Barry’s winds are holding steady at 65 mph as of the 11 p.m. Friday night advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The center of the storm was about 75 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana and it is moving very slowly to the west-northwest around 3 mph.

Barry will turn northwest overnight and likely move onto the coast Saturday… bringing with it a dangerous potential storm surge of 3-6 feet, 10 to 20 inches of rain with locally higher totals, and tropical storm to low-end hurricane force winds along the north-central Gulf Coast as early late tonight into Saturday as the storm nears.

There will be no impacts from Barry on the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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