Barry Becomes Hurricane

July 13, 2019 - 11:01 am

(WWL) -- Barry crossed the threshold to hurricane strength in the 10:00 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Barry's maximum sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane Barry is also making landfall, about 40 miles south of Lafayette. The storm has increased its forward speed slightly, to six miles per hour.

"Barry is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and a turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday," said Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Beven. "On the forecast track, the center of Barry will move through southern Louisiana today, into central Louisiana tonight, and into northern Louisiana on Sunday.

"As it moves inland, Barry is forecast to weaken below hurricane strength in the next few hours, and it is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Sunday."

Barry's hurricane force winds extend 45 miles to the east of the storm's center. Tropical storm force winds extend as far as 175 miles from its center.