As of the 11:00 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center announced that Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans.
According to the NHC, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles-per-hour and could possibly become Hurricane Barry by this weekend.
Barry is located about 95 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and tracking models show it moving towards Louisiana.
Dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and wind conditions are expected across much of the north-central Gulf Coast.
Watches and Warnings are in place for Louisiana and parts of Texas.
ABOUT 95 MI…150 KM SSE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 200 MI…320 KM SE OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the Mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.
A Storm Surge Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach.
A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the Mississippi coast east of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama
border…and for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans.
A Storm Surge Watch is now in effect for the Mississippi coast from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
While South Florida is not going to be impacted by Barry, heavy rains and flooding are expected from the Florida Panhandle to Texas.