TS Barry Has Formed & Is Headed To Louisiana

Tropical Storm Barry has formed over the northern Gulf of Mexico as the organization of the storm gets better and winds increase to 40 mph. The low pressure will slowly move to the west/northwest the next 24-36 hours before taking a northerly turn and moving toward the Louisiana coast by Friday night. Barry is then forecast to make landfall as a low-end Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning on Louisiana.

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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.

Rainfall will be the biggest threat posed by Barry, with over 2 feet of rain possible in parts of the lower Mississippi River Valley. Storm surge of up to 3-6 feet is also possible along parts of the Louisiana coast. Damaging winds, rip currents, and rough surf will also be threats. Stay tuned to forecast updates and thanks for using Hurricane Tracker.

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Dangerous Hurricane Florence Will Be Highly Impactful

Below is our latest discussion & it will be updated as conditions warrant. For the most up to date information on a storm, please visit the “Current Storms” section in the app.

Major Hurricane Florence: Florence remains a large and dangerous hurricane today. The storm has grown in size as hurricane force winds extend out up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds reach 175 miles from the center. Hurricane warnings and watches remain in effect for the coastline of the Carolinas. Florence is currently moving northwest around 16 mph and will begin to slow down considerably tonight as it nears the coast of North Carolina. All of the latest computer model guidance is in agreement that Florence will slow down or stall near Wilmington, North Carolina and possibly turn southwest towards the coast of South Carolina. The latest official forecast shows that Florence may not make landfall until Friday morning. Due to the forecasted slow movement of Florence along the coast, major impacts are expected to occur across portions of the Carolinas. By early next week, Florence will finally begin to move towards North GA & Eastern TN where gusty winds and heavy rain will be an issue.

> Prolonged, sustained winds of 74-100 mph+ will be possible around the center. Some locations could experience hurricane force winds for more than 24 hours due to the slow movement of the hurricane.

> Storm surge up to 13 feet is forecasted to the right of where the center comes ashore. Storm surge watches & warnings are in effect.

> Rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 inches, with isolated amounts up to 40 inches will be possible across coastal portions of North Carolina (see image below). South Carolina, western and northern North Carolina may receive 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts up to 20 inches. Elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states, 3 to 6 inches with isolated amounts of 12 inches are possible.

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Florence is a very large major hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend out up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds reach 175 miles from the center.

Florence is a very large major hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend out up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds reach 175 miles from the center.

Areas in the purple shading may receive 20-30+ inches.

Areas in the purple shading may receive 20-30+ inches.

A great visual from our partner, WeatherOptics on which areas will likely have the worst impacts.

A great visual from our partner, WeatherOptics on which areas will likely have the worst impacts.

If you are in or near the cone, please use this time to finish preparations and execute your hurricane plan by early AM Wednesday. Always listen to the advice of your local emergency management officials. Unfortunately, Florence will be a storm that will be remembered for many years to come as it will cause widespread devastation and is a major threat to life and property. It's impossible to cover all the details of this storm in one post, we urge you to review the public advisory from the National Hurricane Center for all the latest and up-to-date information. Please stay safe if the storm is headed your way. Thank you for using the Hurricane Tracker App will have another discussion as conditions warrant.