Tropical Storm Barry strengthened into a hurricane Saturday morning, then weakened to a tropical storm again after making landfall. The Gulf Coast is bracing for dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and wind conditions as the storm approaches.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, the center of Tropical Storm Barry was located near latitude 29.8 North, longitude 92.1 West. Barry is moving towards the northwest near 6 mph.
A turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outwards up to 175 miles from the center.
On the forecast track, the center of Barry will move through southern Louisiana today, into central Louisiana tonight, and into northern Louisiana on Sunday.
As it moves inland, Barry is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Sunday.
Tropical Storm Barry as of 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13:
Location: 29.8 N, 92.1 W
Moving: NW at 6 mph
Min pressure: 996 mb
Max sustained: 70 mph