BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Get the latest updates on Tropical Storm Barry here
Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency for Louisiana ahead of severe tropical weather expected to significantly impact the state, he announced Wednesday.
"I have issued a state of emergency today in preparation for the impact of the low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. The system will likely produce storm surge, hurricane-force winds & up to 15 inches of rain across the state. This is going to be a Louisiana event that impacts every part of the state, and no one should take this storm lightly. As we know all too well, low intensity does not necessarily mean low impact. Now is the time to check your emergency supplies and get a gameplan for your family and pets. I urge everyone to continue monitoring local media for weather developments and follow the directions of local officials. We expect multiple parishes to declare states of emergency, and we stand ready to assist our local partners with all available resources. My office is in constant communication with FEMA and we will continue to provide updates as necessary."
The latest forecasts for Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 predict it will become Hurricane Barry and make a Louisiana landfall by Saturday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), PTC #2 is expected to become Tropical Depression by Thursday, Tropical Storm Barry by Thursday night, and a Category 1 hurricane Friday.
Landfall is expected Saturday, potentially in southwest and south-central Louisiana.
Gov. Edwards urged people to take the storm seriously. Between 10 to 15 inches of rain is expected to fall in southeast Louisiana in a 24-hour period starting sometime Friday. Though officials are still unsure of the track or the strength of the storm, Edwards says he’s confident there will be widespread heavy rainfall and coastal flooding.
A slow-moving storm, expected to only travel at 3 to 5 miles per hour, we could be seeing significant problems with some of the rain bands. Rain from this storm is expected to last into next week as the storm tracks north through central Louisiana.
Edwards said the ongoing Mississippi River flood fight, which is in day 257, will exacerbate many of the issues associated with this storm, especially if it hits the southeast portion of the state, which many tracks and models suggest it will.
A Louisiana landfall appears likely late Friday into Saturday.
Officials are expecting a “considerable amount” of overtopping in Plaquemines Parish.
The National Guard is moving high water vehicles into place along the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana and setting up command posts along coastal Louisiana, especially in Plaquemines Parish.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is monitoring 163 floodgates and anticipates some of those will be closed.
Officials say the Bayou Chene temporary flood barge is still in place and will assist five parishes with water levels and drainage: Assumption, Iberville, Lower St. Martin, St. Mary, and Terrebonne.
Edwards says he plans to make a statewide emergency declaration and is communicating with federal officials.
No evacuations have been issued yet.
The following graphic shows the potential for rainfall in the area.
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