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This blog posts in UTC so it is still July 13th in the United States.
Radar and twitter feeds appear the best source of updates for Tropical Storm Barry right now, though there will be later updates by 10 pm CDT. Some National Hurricane and Weather information appears contradictory, so we are simply posting some things which are helpful and make sense.
According to the 7 pm update:
“DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND WIND CONDITIONS CONTINUING ACROSS THE NORTH-CENTRAL GULF COAST… …HEAVY RAINS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING EXPECTED TO SPREAD NORTHWARD ACROSS THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY… Read more here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Rains were arriving in NOLA ca 7.30 pm and possible tornadoes reported. https://twitter.com/NWSNewOrleans/status/1150199048969883649 Some of the better updates are here: https://twitter.com/NWSNewOrleans
About Barry as reported from SW Louisiana at 726 pm:
WTUS84 KLCH 140026
Tropical Storm Barry Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 14A
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA AL022019
726 PM CDT Sat Jul 13 2019
This product covers SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS
**BARRY CONTINUES MOVING FARTHER INLAND OVER SOUTHERN LOUISIANA**
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– The Tropical Storm Warning has been cancelled for Beauregard,
Calcasieu, Vernon, and West Cameron
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect
for Iberia, St. Mary, and Vermilion
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Acadia, Allen,
Avoyelles, East Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis,
Lafayette, Lower St. Martin, Rapides, St. Landry, and Upper St.
* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 45 miles south-southwest of Alexandria LA or about 55
miles northwest of Lafayette LA
– 30.7N 92.7W
– Storm Intensity 60 mph
– Movement North-northwest or 335 degrees at 8 mph
As of 7 PM CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Barry was located near
latitude 30.7 North, longitude 92.7 West. Barry is moving north-northwest
near 8 mph. An eventual turn to the north is expected later tonight. On
this forecast track, the center of Barry will move into northern Louisiana
Sustained tropical storm force winds are still occurring over portions of
south-central and east-central Louisiana this evening. Bands of moderate
to heavy rainfall are also impacting lower Acadiana. Finally, life
threatening storm surge is occurring around Vermilion and Atchafalaya Bays
with the potential for inundation of 6 feet or greater above ground level.
* FLOODING RAIN:
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across
lower Acadiana. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters
having additional devastating impacts. If realized, these impacts
– Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and
– Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks
in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks,
canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control
systems and barriers may become stressed.
– Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover escape
routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water
with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become very
dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened
or washed out.
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across
the remainder of southwest Louisiana. Remain well guarded against
life-threatening flood waters having possible limited to extensive
Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across
south-central and east-central Louisiana. Remain well sheltered from
dangerous wind having additional significant impacts. If realized,
these impacts include:
– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
objects become dangerous projectiles.
– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
fences and roadway signs blown over.
– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. A few bridges and access routes
– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
in areas with above ground lines.
Potential impacts from the main wind event are also now unfolding
across the remainder of southwest Louisiana. Remain well sheltered from
hazardous wind having possible limited impacts.
Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across
the parishes bordering Vermilion and Atchafalaya Bays. Remain well away
from life-threatening surge having likely significant impacts. If
realized, these impacts include:
– Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
waves. Damage to non-elevated structures is possible.
– Sections of escape routes and secondary roads become weakened
or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots.
– Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
numerous rip currents.
– Moderate damage to marinas, docks, and piers. Several small
craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected
Elsewhere across SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS, little to
no impact is anticipated.
Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across southwest
Louisiana and southeast Texas. Remain well braced against a tornado event
having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.
Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, including
possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
For those not under evacuation orders, assess the risk from wind, falling
trees, and flooding at your location. If you decide to move, relocate to
a safer location nearby. If you do not relocate, help keep roadways open
for those under evacuation orders.
Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have given the all clear
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to stay inside and away from windows. Listen for updates
and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a battery-powered
radio, charged cell phone and flashlight handy.
During the peak of the storm be ready to move quickly. Keep your
shoes on and rain gear handy. Boots and athletic shoes offer the best
foot protection if you become unexpectedly exposed to the weather.
Do not venture outside while in the eye of a hurricane as any
improvement in weather will only be temporary. Once the eye passes,
conditions will become life threatening as winds immediately return
to dangerous speeds, so remain safely sheltered from the storm.
Do not be a thrill seeker or risk your life for senseless photos or
If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge watch
or warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic
rise in water levels.
* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org
The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Lake Charles LA around 11 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions