7 am Tropical Storm Barry Advisory: Tropical Storm Barry has finally made the turn towards the northwest. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicates that Barry is now moving towards the NW at 5 mph. Landfall is expected in the next few hours. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 70 mph and Barry is forecast to become a category one hurricane before making landfall.
Forecast models continue to show a slight adjustment towards the west and the latest NHC forecast now shows Barry moving through the very eastern edge of the ArkLaTex during the day Sunday. Even though the center of the storm will graze our area, it still appears that the heaviest rain will fall well south and east of our area. However, rainfall estimates have increased a little for our area. We can now expect four-day rainfall totals of two to five inches over the eastern edge of the area from Natchitoches to Claiborne parishes. Shreveport and Texarkana can expect anywhere from one to two inches.
Our severe weather risk is still looking low the Storm Prediction Center still indicates a marginal risk for the eastern half of the area for Sunday. Expect a few scattered bands of rain to move through the area today. A more solid shield of rain will begin to move in very late tonight into Sunday morning. The chance for rain associated with Barry could linger into Tuesday.
Check back here for further updates on Barry’s progress throughout the weekend.