The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States announced on Thursday the formation in the Gulf of Mexico of tropical storm Barry, which is expected to impact the US coast as a hurricane over the weekend.
The cyclone, which has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h), could reach the Louisiana coast early Saturday, near the town of New Iberia, about 150 kilometers west of New Orleans.
If the forecasts of the meteorologists of the NHC, with headquarters in Miami, are met, Barry would hit with winds higher than 75 miles per hour (120 km / h), since it would reach hurricane range on Friday afternoon or early Saturday.
Later it would go into the United States and it would be losing strength with the passage of the days in its course towards the north and leaving intense rains in several states of the country.
At 11.00 local time (15.00 GMT), the tropical storm moved 5 miles per hour (7 km / h) westward and its strong winds were already up to 90 miles (150 km) from its center.
Experts expect Barry to turn west-northwest tonight and northwest on Friday to approach the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana on Friday night or Saturday.
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 tonight and 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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