Potential Tropical Cyclone Barry to Become a Hurricane

Storm to reach hurricane strength by Friday

Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:00:08 AM +00:00

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have warned that Potential Tropical Cyclone Barry will grow to hurricane strength by Friday.  Barry started as a disturbance generated from a broad low pressure area located over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida and was originally projected to form a Tropical Depression that would slowy meander westward.  However, Barry seems to have had bigger plans as forecasters now believe the storm will grow quickly in strength before making landfall Friday night or Saturday morning.  Barry is expected to become a Tropical Depression early Thursday, a Tropical Storm by Thursday evening, and a Hurricane by Friday.

Hurricane Watches, Tropical Storm Watches, and Storm Surge Watches have been raised for the Lousiana coast.  Mandatory evacuations are set to take effect tomorrow for parts of Louisiana.

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