Hurricane Barry: NOAA releases warning - will tropical disturbance become hurricane Barry?

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Although the system down south is not expected to have any direct impact on New Jersey, forecasters from the National Weather Service will be monitoring the storm for potential residual moisture, said Jonathan O'Brien, a meteorologist from the weather service's Mount Holly forecast office. It is forecasted to become a Tropical Storm by Thursday night, and a category one hurricane by Friday. If winds reach 39 miles per hour, it would become a tropical storm.

The flooding along the MS could be compounded by heavy rainfall associated with Barry, which hit suddenly Wednesday morning before the storm had even formed.

The storms were associated with a broad area of disturbed weather in the Gulf that's expected to strengthen by this weekend when it threatens the region with torrential rain. Depending on where it makes landfall, Wednesday morning's torrent could be just the beginning of flooding problems in and around New Orleans. The National Weather Service said New Orleans is protected to a river level of 20 feet, but it was forecast to rise above flood stage to 19 feet by Friday.

There is still uncertainty at this time for a possible landfall location, in this cone by the National Hurricane Center, it ranges from Southeast Texas and East Louisiana. Flooding rain is still the main concern right now.

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell closed the city hall and urged non-essential employees to stay home, while the city's airport reported numerous flight delays.

People in coastal areas should be prepared to protect property from minor to moderate coastal flooding later this week and this weekend. The U.S. Gulf of Mexico produces 17% of U.S. crude oil and 5% of natural gas. While that storm relatively weak, it was still responsible for six deaths along the coast, five of them victims who drowned in rip currents along the Florida and Alabama coasts.

Even in absence of a hurricane, gusty thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes associated with a tropical depression or storm can be a threat to lives and property.

Tropical storms can form from old cool fronts that stall over the Deep South or along the Atlantic coast. The closer the storm the more flooding along the coast. This means that Tropical Storm conditions are likely in the area within the next 48 hours. An area of low pressure that's been brewing over the U.S. South is now emerging into Gulf of Mexico and, as it does, the second tropical system of 2019's Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be the result.