The latest data from the National Hurricane Center show that tropical storm Barry is slowly strengthening and predicts that the storm could become a Category 1 hurricane before Saturday morning's landing.
Beginning at 1 pm, the current trajectory of the storm indicates potentially lethal rains of 15 to 20 inches – with locally higher amounts possible – on the parishes of St. Mary, Iberia and Lower St. Martin. According to the latest opinions, residents of these areas will remain trapped because of floods caused by rains that could overwhelm the region during the slow storm.
Barry's eye is currently located 160 km south-southeast of Morgan City. The storm moves to the west-northwest at a speed of 5 miles to the hour and is expected to make a north turn later Friday night, to disembark along the coast early Saturday morning.
Hurricane fighter aircraft recorded sustained winds of 65 mph with stronger gusts.
A storm surge of more than 3 feet is expected in the coastal sections of the parishes of Vermilion, Iberia and St. Mary's including Intracoastal City, Delcambre, Cypremort Point and Burns Point.
According to current forecasts, adverse winds will cause many power outages, cut down trees and damage homes and businesses in south-central Louisiana and parts of the center.
Isolated tornadoes are possible along the path of this storm in south-central and central Louisiana.
The next partial update of the National Hurricane Center is scheduled for 1 pm, with a full update at 4 pm