DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN)- As of Friday morning at 10 AM, Tropical Storm Barry is moving to the WNW at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. The storm itself has strengthened a bit and the track guidance has come into better agreement that Barry will turn NW later today or tonight with this track continuing until the center makes landfall along the Louisiana coast.
After making landfall, the system should move northward and it will weaken. The newest track has Barry becoming a hurricane at landfall.
Bottom Line: There is a danger for life-threatening storm surge along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana, and portions of coastal Mississippi. The slow movement of Barry will result in heavy rain and a flooding threat along Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines. Hurricane force winds are possible along a portion of the coast of Louisiana and tropical storm force winds are possible in other portions of Louisiana extending back towards portions of SE Mississippi.
For the Wiregrass, expect off and on rounds of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day today and Saturday. Some of these storms will produce heavy downpours at times, lightning, and possibly some gusty winds. Overall, impacts will be slim to none. Rain chances will taper off into Sunday with a more summertime pattern setting up by early next week.