Tropical Storm Barry continues to strengthen, takes aim on Gulf Coast

First Alert: Tropical Storm Barry will bring heavy rain over the weekend

WDAM (PINE BELT) - The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical storm Barry. The 1PM advisory had the storm with 65mph wind about 100 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi river. The Hurricane Hunters continue to fly through the storm to attempt to find the center of the storm, collected data on if it is ‘vertically stacked’ and determine the wind speeds.

At a minimum, this system will bring heavy rain and some gusty wind to our area. And may stick around until as late as Monday.

WATCH LIVE: Meteorologist Patrick Bigbie and Rex Thompson are in the First Alert Weather Center with the latest on Tropical Storm Barry.

Posted by WDAM TV on Friday, July 12, 2019

What to expect:

As Tropical Storm Barry lifts northwest it will continue to strengthen and get organized. As it moves ashore this weekend it will spread heavy, tropical, rains across the area with the potential for flooding and power outages as well as a few tropical tornadoes.

Threats:

It looks like heavy rain, flooding and some gusty wind will be main concerns with this system. There is also a developing low-end tornado threat. Rainfall estimates show between 4" and 10" of rain possible for our area. The wide spread is because the heaviest rain will be focused closer to the center of the storm. And the storm will be moving through the region to our west. That emans some of our eastern counties will likely end up with the lowest totals.

The WPC has already issued a Slight risk for flash flooding for our area on Friday, a Moderate Risk for Saturday and a Moderate risk for Sunday.

The tornado threat will be for tropical-style tornadoes. These are very quick to develop and quick to die. They are often only on the ground for a few minutes and can develop so fast warnings may not be issued with much - if any - advanced warning. So if a storm develops near you in the coming days, and especially this weekend, please head inside because conditions may deteriorate very quickly.

Timing:

The timeline is between now and Monday. With hit and miss storms through Friday. A more substantial threat for rain, wind and the potential for a tornado or two, arrives on Saturday and Sunday. And again, this weekend it will be a nearly all-day event. From the time you get up Saturday until the time you go to bed on Sunday.

Unknowns:

The unknowns now revolve around just how much rain particular points get. Which we just can't know at this point. And we won't know until the rainbands set up and the storm moves ashore.

More Info:

For more scientific information on this - and other - forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick's Blog.

Preparations:

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