(WDHN) — Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, per new information from the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is currently heading west at five miles per hour with max sustained winds at 40 miles per hour.
The forecast cone has shifted a bit eastward putting Barry making landfall somewhere along SW Louisiana on Saturday. It is forecasted to strengthen into a Category 1 storm by that time, bringing storm surge and flooding concerns for those along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts.
At this time, the Wiregrass will receive minimal impacts. We will be dealing with scattered showers and thunderstorms each afternoon as we go into the weekend, and the tropical moisture will taper off by early next week. At this time, flooding is not a concern.
Stay up to date with Storm Team 18 as this system evolves and we will keep you posted on any significant changes. Nexstar meteorologists will also be keeping an eye on this storm through livestreams on our website.