The latest data from the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Barry slowly strengthening, and predicts the storm could become a Category 1 hurricane before landfall Saturday morning.
As of 1 p.m., the current track of the storm shows it bringing life-threatening rainfall of 15 to 20 inches -- with locally higher amounts possible -- over St. Mary, Iberia, and lower St. Martin parishes as it moves ashore. The latest advice predicts people will be trapped in homes in those areas due to flooding from the rains expected to drench the region during the slow-moving storm.
The eye of Barry is currently located 100 miles south-southeast of Morgan City. The storm is moving to the west-northwest at 5 miles per hour and is expected to make a northward turn later Friday evening, coming ashore along the coast early Saturday morning.
Hurricane hunter aircraft have clocked sustained winds of 65 mph with higher gusts.
A storm surge of more than 3 feet is expected in coastal sections of Vermilion, Iberia, and St. Mary parishes, including Intracoastal City, Delcambre, Cypremort Point, and Burns Point.
The current forecast said damaging winds will cause scattered to numerous power outages, blow down trees, and damage homes and businesses across south central Louisiana and parts of central Louisiana.
Isolated tornadoes are possible along the path of this storm in south central and central Louisiana.
The next partial National Hurricane Center update is expected at 1 p.m., with a full update at 4 p.m.