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Tropical Storm Barry: Friday Update, Storm Track, Shelters, Evacuation Orders Issued in Louisiana – Newsweek

Tropical Storm Barry continues its slow path toward the coast of South Louisiana late Friday afternoon, and it is expected to make landfall either late Friday night or early Saturday.

As of 7 p.m. local time, Barry had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour near the eye of the storm, and South Louisiana embraces for a heavy rain and flooding event that could begin after the sun sets on Friday.

Unlike hurricanes, wind is not expected to be the foremost factor with Barry, but rather rain and storm surge. After recent torrential rains in the area and runoff from the spring floods in the Midwest, the levees holding the Mississippi River in Louisiana might not be tall enough to keep the river from overflowing.

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