LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - 1:00 pm Update: Barry is now in the Shreveport area continuing to move to the north-northwest at 9 mph. The maximum sustained winds are still up to 40 mph, so Barry remains a tropical storm.
10:00 am: Barry is barely holding on to tropical storm status. Maximum winds are now sustained at 40 mph which is just above tropical depression status. Barry is now located 50 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, Louisiana. Barry is also picking up speed and is moving to the north at 9 mph.
7:00 am: Barry still holding on to tropical storm strength with max sustained winds at 45 mph.
Center of circulation is currently north of Leesville and has made that northern turn moving at 6 mph.
Main concerns with Barry are the chance for flooding rains as we see a training effect occurring.The heaviest of the rain remains to our east, but just off shore there is plenty more rain.
Check road conditions before traveling this morning as some areas in SWLA have seen heavy rain overnight and still have that rain ongoing.
4 AM: Barry has remained a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The National Hurricane Center did note that this was being generous as those sustained winds are confined to the swath of rain moving in across south central LA.
We are starting to see wind gusts up to 30+ mph in Jennings. These gusts are expected to move north as Barry continues to move NNW. Meaning, Allen parish can expect gusty winds later today.
Our main impact will continue to be rainfall for eastern portions of SWLA.
Rain continues through eastern portions of Cameron parish and has begun to move into southern Jeff Davis.
Check road conditions before heading out the door in the morning as the threat for flash flooding remains with rain training over the same locations.
1 AM Update: Barry is still classified as a Tropical Storm with sustained winds at 45 mph.
Movement: NNW at 8 mph
Location: just North of DeRidder
Light rain continues over SWLA with heavier rain bands set up over central and east Louisiana. Eastern Cameron Parish is getting in on some of this heavier rainfall.
10 pm: Barry continues to weaken and as of the 10 pm update winds are now down to 50 mph. The center of circulation is located just to the east of Deridder and expected to continue to move to the NNW at 8 mph. Impacts remain limited as that large swath of moisture remains off shore and those gusty winds are just to our east in Abbeville and Lafayette. Through the rest of the evening we aren’t expecting any major impacts as the heaviest of the rain remains off shore.
As of 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Barry is located about 45 miles south-southwest of Alexandria with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The storm is continuing to move slowly toward the NNW at only 8 mph. Barry should become a tropical depression by Sunday afternoon.
Hurricane watches have been canceled for eastern Cameron Parish, but tropical storm warnings remain in effect for all of Southwest Louisiana.
The storm will continue to gradually weaken over the next 24 to 48 hours but the track will begin to result in deteriorating conditions over parts of SW Louisiana through tomorrow morning.
Highest impacts will be noticed across Jefferson Davis, eastern Cameron and Allen parishes as winds of tropical-storm-force could continue to result in sporadic and even more widespread power outages through late tonight and Sunday.
The good news so far for our area is that rain has not been a big issue, as those impacts will continue to be greatest by Sunday and even into early Monday as rain could be locally heavy at times.
This continues to be a developing situation, and the entire First Alert Weather Team will be continuing to track the movement and impacts that Barry will continue to bring to all of Southwest Louisiana.