The National Hurricane Center downgraded Tropical Storm Barry to Tropical Depression on Monday, July 15, indicating that Barry continues its northerly path into Arkansas as of Monday, 04:00 (local time). The center of Tropical Depression Barry was located near latitude 34.4°N 93.5°W at that time, exhibiting maximum sustained winds near 35 km/h (25 mph). Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Barry is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches across Arkansas state, western Tennessee, and Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and northwest Mississippi.
Power outages are still in effect across Louisiana. More than 11 million residents are under flash flood watches from the Louisiana coast to the southern Midwest, and an additional 5 inches of rain is expected to fall in Louisiana as Barry moves out of the state - including Arkansas state and Mississippi state - over the coming days. Heavy rains and associated flooding are also expected in Indiana state, and Illinois state.
Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana state as a Category 1 storm on July 13. Barry is the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Storm Barry are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), ensure adequate food, water, battery, and medical supplies, and anticipate significant rainfall, flooding, strong winds, and associated power, telecommunications, and transportation disruptions.
Confirm flight reservations and contact your airline for more information before traveling to MSY. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters and remember that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products.
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