Tropical Storm Barry has been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, as of late Saturday morning, with sustained winds reaching 75 miles per hour off the Louisiana coastline.
Louisiana has remained in a state of emergency since yesterday evening, as the outer reaches of the storm began to edge their way onto land. Heavy rain has drenched coastal areas, flooding roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes.
The brunt of the storm is expected to make landfall on Louisiana’s southern coast Saturday evening after 10 p.m. The National Hurricane Center warns of heavy storm surges and rainfall that could reach 25 inches in some parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Flooding in low-lying areas is expected to pose a greater risk to residents and property than heavy winds or other storm damage.
Communities near the coast have been ordered to evacuate and move inland. Meanwhile, state residents as far inland as Baton Rouge have also been preparing for limited flooding, with many canceling regular activities in order to take shelter from heavy winds and rains.