Barry expected to bring heavy rain to Louisiana

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
July 13, 2019 - 7:50 p.m. ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane Barry made landfall near Intercoastal City, La. Saturday afternoon.

It briefly attained hurricane status but weakened back to a tropical storm as it made its way inland. Maximum sustained winds were at 60 mph as of Saturday evening with the gradual weakening of the winds expected.

Despite the downgraded status, plenty of heavy remained offshore as it made landfall. That rain is expected to move inland with the potential to bring between 7 to 10 inches of additional rain in some parts of Louisiana.

By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
July 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Barry was bringing heavy rain to the Gulf Coast as the storm was upgraded to hurricane status and was nearing landfall Saturday morning.

The 11 a.m. ET advisory had the storm's center 40 miles south of Lafayette, La. with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The minimum central pressure was at 993 millibars, according to the advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Surface observations, radar data, and reconnaissance data showed that Bary had reached hurricane status, according to the NHC.

Based on Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance data Saturday morning, the storm may be close to landfall, or already made landfall.

As of this post, the official word on a landfall has not come from the NHC. Regardless of landfall, plenty of heavy rain will be making its way through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in the near term. Rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches are possible in central and eastern Louisiana.

Impacts will be minimal to the Big Bend and South Georgia as the storm remains to the west. Rain chances will be lower (30%) than previous days with drier air trying to filter into the region. But impacts will remain on the coast Saturday as a high risk of rip currents is present on the Franklin County coastline.

This story was updated to reflect the wind intensity increase to hurricane strength and information from the 11 a.m. ET advisory.