Thousands Without Power As tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana Coast


Satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry. (via the National Weather Service)

Though Tropical Storm Barry hasn’t yet reached Louisiana’s coastline, the people along the coast are already getting a glimpse of what is to come.

Rain and early signs of flooding are already hitting the coast, and there are reports that more than 60,000 residents along the coast are without power. The storm, however, isn’t expected to make landfall until late Saturday morning or early afternoon.

Barry is expected to become a full-fledged hurricane by then, though only right above the 74 mph threshold. Once on land, it’s expected to weaken back to a tropical storm before moving up into the Acadiana region of the state through Saturday afternoon and evening.

The remnants of the storm will hit north Louisiana Sunday before moving northeast.

The storm’s path has shifted several times late this week, which meteorologists say is due to the disorganized nature of the storm. It’s also a slow-moving storm, leading to increased worries of flooding such as was seen during Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

Areas of the state will see several inches of rain, and some areas in the southern part of the state are looking at 15 inches or more by the time the slow-moving system passes through.

Barry is the first storm to make landfall this hurricane season, which began on June 1.

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