A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to become Tropical Storm Barry possibly as early as 1PM Thursday. This storm is expected to intensify, as conditions are favorable, and become Hurricane Barry by 1PM Saturday just south and along the Louisiana coastline. Because of this, a Hurricane WATCH has been issued that extends from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron, LA.
The latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center brings the center of Barry into southern Louisiana on Saturday and into northern Louisiana by Sunday. There is still a bit of uncertainty as we are days out and this storm could hit anywhere from Texas to Mississippi. Once the storm forms and we get closer to the weekend, confidence will increase; but, at this point, impacts from a tropical storm are possible for the ArkLaTex.
If it takes a more westward track, the ArkLaTex is looking at the potential for severe weather such as tornadoes, gusty winds and heavy rain.
A more eastward track would keep the severe weather threat to our east but still bring in several inches of rain to parts of the area.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will keep you updated on the development, track and expected impacts from this tropical system. Here’s how you can stay weather aware: