Barry expected to bring heavy rain

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2019

What will likely become Tropical Storm Barry soon is expected to move westward, heavy rains and the potential for isolated tornadoes could be on the horizon.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, there is still uncertainty on its exact path.

Landfall is expected to occur around the weekend in Louisiana, however.

On Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the potential tropical cyclone and issued tropical storm watches from Morgan City, La., to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Forecasters warn that the system will lively bring very heavy rainfall along and inland of the Gulf Coast through early next week.

On Wednesday morning, the surface low was developing early and is expected to move westward into the central Gulf of Mexico.

Today, heavy rainfall is possible with a few tornadic circulations possible in the outer bands of the storm system.

Flash flooding could be possible west of Pensacola and south of Hwy. 84.

Those thinking of traveling to the beach should be aware that dangerous rip currents are forecast in the wake of the system.

Locally, NWS calls for showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Forecasts call for rainfall amounts of a quarter and half inch.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast through Tuesday.