UPDATE 5:28PM EDT: The National Hurricane Center just issued hurricane warnings for the Louisiana coast from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle.
New Orleans is now under a tropical storm warning.
Barry remains a 40-mph tropical storm, but is expected to continue to intensify, with a landfall expected sometime on Saturday morning along the Louisiana coast, likely west of New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tropical Storm Barry has been slowly intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico and is on a collision course with an already flood stricken New Orleans.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Barry is slowly moving toward the coast and intensifying as it gets closer. Barry is expected to intensify into a hurricane immediately before it makes landfall.
Barry is expected to make landfall at 7AM CDT (8AM EDT) and will bring life threatening flooding to a city that is already under water.
New Orleans is being faced with three major flooding concerns with Barry moving in. The Mississippi River is over 10 feet higher than usual, and with the heavy rain and storm surge associated with Barry, the flooding will only get worse.
The state of Louisiana is attempting to get ahead of the storm by evacuating two Parishes already. New Orleans has also reported that 118 out of 120 drainage pumps are in working condition.
FEMA said in a statement, ” Gulf Coast residents should prepare now for heavy rains, flooding and high wind impacts regardless of this storm’s category.’
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the eastern parts of Louisiana’s coast. A Hurricane Watch has also been issued for the state’s coast.