WEST MONROE, LA (7/14/19)
4 P.M. Update: Barry has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression. It will enter Arkansas by this evening, continuing to weaken as it moves northward. Heavy rains will still be a concern, especially south and east of the main circulation.
1 P.M. Update: Barry remains a weak Tropical Storm and is getting close to the Arkansas/Louisiana border. It is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later tonight.
Rain and a few thunderstorms continue on its eastern and southern sides. This activity will continue through the remainder of Sunday, carrying over into Monday before rain chances really taper off later Monday.
The heavy rains will continue to be the main story over the next 24 hours. Barry has been battling dry air from the north and west, which has resulted in less rainfall in these locations. Adjusted rain totals are outlined above, with 4-6+’ of additional rainfall possible for some.
Some brief spin up tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible through the afternoon/evening, mainly for the eastern half of the ArkLaMiss. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a Marginal (1/5) risk to account for that.
8:30 A.M. Update: Barry remains a Tropical Storm as it continues to move across our area. Most of us are continuing to see light showers with patches of heavier rain are impacting our eastern parishes. Winds remain breezy from 10 – 20 mph.
Flash Flood Watches remain until tomorrow morning at 7 AM for most of the ArkLaMiss.
7 P.M. Update: Things remain largely unchanged as far as Barry’s track and intensity go. It’s still holding onto Tropical Storm strength.
Barry Has been ingesting drier air from the north and west, which has resulted in limited heavy rains, at least onshore. Most of the heavier shower and thunderstorm activity remains offshore.
Moderate to heavy rain is starting to come ashore on the southern and eastern sections of the storm. This is where our rain will move into beginning late tonight into tomorrow morning.
4 P.M. Update: Things remain largely unchanged as far as Barry’s track and intensity.
As of the 1 P.M. National Hurricane Center update, Barry has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm after becoming a weak Category 1 Hurricane. It made landfall near Intracoastal City, LA.
Barry will continue to weaken as it moves closer to the ArkLaMiss. With that being said, the impacts will be felt. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for mainly the eastern two thirds of the ArkLaMiss, with a Wind Advisory for our southern parishes.
The heaviest rains will start to work their way into the ArkLaMiss later this evening into tonight, carrying into Monday, eventually subsiding as Barry continues to weaken and move northward.
Heavy flooding rains looks likely with this system, in addition to isolated tornadoes, which will be possible during all hours of the day Sunday.
The heaviest rain looks to fall along the Mississippi river, so our river parishes will be most susceptible to flooding. With that being said, these tropical downpours will be more an able to drop heavy amounts of rain in a short period period of time.
Everyone will need to stay weather aware through the weekend, as any isolated tornado could spin up quickly. Make sure to have multiple ways of receiving alerts, and always TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
We will be updating this page every few hours as new information regarding Barry becomes available.