Hurricane Hunter aircraft missions Friday morning found Barry's winds were intensifying. The center remains roughly 100 miles off the Louisiana coast.
While Barry is expected to become a hurricane before landfall, its water (rain, surge) impacts are bigger concerns than wind. Let's begin by listing current watches and warnings in effect.
Watches and Warnings
Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. This includes New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Jackson and Mobile.
A storm-surge warning has been issued for a portion of the southeastern and south-central Louisiana and Mississippi coast from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Biloxi, Mississippi, and also for the north, west and east shores of Lake Pontchartrain.