Tropical Storm Barry, whose cost in losses is estimated at 10 billion dollars, continues on Sunday its slow passage through the center-west of Louisiana and threatens floods due to the "intense" rains before degrading to tropical depression, reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
"The main threat now is heavy rain and potential flooding from the state of Louisiana to the lower Mississippi valley," the NHC said on its Twitter account on Sunday.
The authorities have not yet reported fatalities due to Barry's passage through the south coast of Louisiana, but the material damages are estimated in billions of dollars.
The AccuWeather forecasting medium estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by Barry between 8,000 and 10,000 million dollars, according to an analysis of the damage caused by floods caused by very heavy rains in several states and cyclonic storm surge.
In its bulletin at 8.00 local time in Miami (12.00 GMT), the NHC placed Barry about 5 miles (10 km) west of Peason Ridge and about 80 miles (125 km) southeast of Shreveport.
Barry made landfall this Saturday near Intercoastal City as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and with Category 1 winds on the Saffir / Simpson scale of a maximum of five.
The now tropical storm maintains maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km) and moves north to 6 miles per hour (10 km).
The NHC maintains in effect warnings of tropical storm between the cities of Morgan City and Cameron, and of storm surge between Intracoastal City and the mouth of the Atchafalaya River.
Meteorologists predict that the center of Barry, which will degrade this Sunday to tropical depression, will move today through the west and north of Louisiana and Monday through Arkansas.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially began on June 1, but before, on May 20, a subtropical storm, "Andrea", formed in the south-southeast of 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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