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Tropical Storm Barry expected to be Hurricane, poses threat to Gulf Coast of the United States

July 12, 2019: Tropical Storm Barry is expected to become hurricane by landfall on Saturday with dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and wind conditions across the north-central gulf coast.

According to the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal city to Grand Isle. Similarly, a tropical storm warning is in effect for mouth of the Pearl river to Grand Isle, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans and Intracoastal City to Cameron

As of 4:00 P.M. CDT July 12 (21:00 UTC), Tropical Storm Barry was moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h). On the forecast track, the center of Barry will approach the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana through tonight and then make landfall over the central Louisiana coast on Saturday.  After landfall, Barry is expected to move generally northward through the Mississippi Valley through Sunday night.

Barry is predicted to make landfall between late Saturday morning and midday, somewhere along the state's central coast.

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