With heavy rains in Louisiana (USA), Tropical Storm Barry is slowly approaching the coasts of that state, where forecasters estimate that it will touch land tonight or early Saturday as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and will cause severe floods and storm surge.
With sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (50 miles), the phenomenon moves slowly towards the northwest west at 7 kilometers per hour (5 miles) south of the south coast of Louisiana, according to the most recent report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC, in English).
The agency warned on Friday about the "dangerous" storm that will leave heavy rains and winds on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on the coast of the state of Louisiana.
At 08:00 local time (12.00 GMT), the tropical storm was about 155 kilometers (195 miles) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and south-southwest of the city of Morgan City (Louisiana).
The wind and rain of the tropical storm are already affecting Louisiana, and cities like New Orleans are preparing for possible floods that Barry will leave, which could become a hurricane the moment it hits land.
Meteorologists, who declared the hurricane warning along the Louisiana coast, forecast that Barry could become a hurricane tonight or early Saturday when the center is near the Louisiana coast.
The NHC issued a hurricane warning in this state between Intracoastal City and Grand Isle, as well as a storm surge warning between Intracoastal City and Shell Beach.
He noted that this afternoon Barry will move to the northwest followed by a turn north on Saturday, and will be near or over the center or southeast coast of Louisiana tonight or Saturday, and then move inland over the valley of the under the Mississippi.
Once landfall is expected a weakening in its northward direction and leaving heavy rains in several states of the country.
For the next few days they anticipate floods in areas close to the coast due to the rise of the sea, the strong waves and heavy rains.
The NHC also warns that tornadoes may be formed on Friday in areas of southern Louisiana and Mississippi.
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.
Two of them would be of a higher category, that is, above category 3 on the Saffir / Simpson scale of a maximum of five.
The report notes that "the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean does not look particularly favorable for an active season" and is that probably the El Niño phenomenon, currently weak, will strengthen during the peak of the season, between the months of August and September, what will contribute to "an almost average season".
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