ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tropical Storm Barry is slowly drifting west and hasn't changed much today.
- Tropical Storm Barry forms
- Will slowly organize, drift NW toward Louisiana
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Wind shear is working against it on the northern side, so it's remained disorganized with very little rain on the north side.
It will slowly organize and drift northwest toward Louisiana. The main threat is going to be heavy rain moving into Louisiana and Mississippi the next couple days. They've already had heavy rain the past couple weeks and the rivers are running high so this will add to those high water issues.
Since New Orleans was built below sea level, the wind pushing the Gulf waters toward the city, combined with heavy rain almost always leads to flooding issues for them. This appears to be the case again.
Barry is moving farther away from Florida and will have no direct impact to our weather, except for the risk of rip currents at our beaches.
However, because it left behind lots of atmospheric moisture we will see one more day of numerous showers and storms before we finally get back to a more typical pattern this weekend.
We will keep you updated with our Tropical Update at :49 and Weather on the Nines.
Warnings and Watches
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the coast of Louisiana from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans.
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast west of Intracoastal City to Cameron.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Lake Pontchartrain.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Intracoastal City to Grand Isle
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans
* Intracoastal City to Cameron
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Shell Beach to the Mississippi/Alabama border
* Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Intracoastal City
* Lake Pontchartrain
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* East of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border