Barry became the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic season before making landfall on the south coast of Louisiana, where it is expected to cause severe flooding due to torrential rains and storm surge, the National Hurricane Center reported. NHC) of the USA
In its bulletin of 11.00 local time of Miami (15.00 GMT), the NHC indicated that Barry is a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir / Simpson scale of a maximum of five with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km).
The NHC said that the cyclone was at that hour 40 miles (65 km) south of the city of Lafayette and about 50 miles (80 km) west of Morgan City, where it is expected to land in the coming hours.
Forecasters predict that Barry, moving at 6 miles per hour (9 km), makes landfall near Morgan City, 85 miles (136 km) west of New Orleans.
The NHC maintained in the new bulletin the same hurricane warnings between the city of Intracoastal City and Grand Isle, in the north of the Gulf of Mexico, and of storm surge between Intracoastal City and Biloxi, and on Lake Pontchartrain, which is a neighbor of Nueva Orleans
There is also a tropical storm warning between the mouths of Pearl River and Grand Isle, on the Pontchartrain and Maurepas lakes, including the New Orleans metropolitan area, and between Intracoastal City and Sabine Pass.
Residents of southern Louisiana are reliving fears of the floods they suffered after the devastating Hurricane Katrina of 2005 due to new threats of storm surge on the coast and overflowing rivers like the Mississippi, which is already grown and at whose mouth There is the city of New Orleans.
The fact that the level of the Mississippi River, which at this time of the year is usually 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters), is growing to more than 16 feet (4.8 meters), puts New Orleans in a situation that reminds the devastating Katrina.
Barry is moving northwest and tonight is expected to turn north-northwest followed by another turn northward Sunday.
Meanwhile, the center of the hurricane moves this Saturday from the south to the center of Louisiana, and Sunday to the north of the state.
It is expected to weaken to tropical depression as it moves inland on Sunday.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially began on June 1, but earlier, on May 20, a subtropical storm, "Andrea", was formed in south-east Bermuda, which weakened immediately and caused no damage.
According to the updated forecast of the Colorado State University (CSU). released this week, the activity of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic will be "almost average", with 14 tropical storms, six of which would become hurricanes, the first of them Barry.
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