HOLT, Fla., July 11, 2019—Tropical Storm Barry is expected to continue to intensify until it makes landfall according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm has become a little better organized and strengthening is expected during the next day or two becoming a hurricane late Friday or early Saturday when the center is near the Louisiana coast.
Hurricane conditions are expected along a portion of the coast of Louisiana, where a hurricane warning has been issued.
Barry is expected to make landfall on the central Louisiana coast between 36-to-48 hours, according to the NHC.
Moving west at 5 mph, Barry’s winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center of the storm.
The storm’s slow movement will result in a long duration of heavy rainfall and flood threat along the central Gulf Coast and inland through the weekend into early next week, according to the NHC.
Rain will increase in coverage across the region through the weekend.
The potential for heavy rain is trending higher with rainfall amounts of 4-7 inches possible for parts of northwest Florida, mostly to the west of Okaloosa County.
The bulk of the rain will begin Friday and extend through the weekend (especially Saturday), according to the NHC.
Okaloosa County is not currently in a flash flood watch area; however, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are.