Barry made landfall this Saturday near Intercoastal City (USA) as the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic season and weakened to a tropical storm on its arrival in Louisiana, where it is expected to cause severe flooding due to torrential rain and storm surge, reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The southern coast of Louisiana receives the scourge of hurricane winds and heavy rains, and is on alert for the very dangerous storm surge, which has already left tens of thousands of homes and establishments without electricity.
"Although the center is now on land, the threat of rain is just beginning in many places," the NHC warned on its Twitter account.
Barry made landfall about 5 miles (10 km) northeast of Intercoastal City and about 30 miles (50 km) south west of Lafayette, according to the NHC newsletter at 2:00 pm local time in Miami, 18:00 GMT.
He said the now tropical storm has winds of 70 miles per hour (115 km), moves northwest to 6 miles per hour (9 km) and is expected to turn northwest-northwest tonight, followed by another to the north on Sunday.
The NHC maintains hurricane warnings between Intercoasta City and Grand Isle and storm surge between Intracoastal City and Biloxi, and on Lake Pontchartrain, which is a neighbor of New Orleans.
It also maintains the tropical storm warning between the mouths of Pearl River and Grand Isle, Pontchartrain and Maurepas lakes, including the metropolitan area of New Orleans, and between Intracoastal City and Sabine Pass.
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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