UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (July 13):
Tropical Storm Barry has just been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane with winds sustained at 75 mph.
Landfall is expected in a few short hours.
FIRST REPORT (July 12):
Tropical Storm Barry is slowly gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
With winds up to 65 mph and gusts of 75 mph as of 5 p.m. Friday, it is possible the storm may intensify into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall south of Baton Rouge on Saturday, then move north into the Mississippi Valley this weekend, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.
>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar
Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect along the southern coast of Louisiana.
>> Air Pollution Advisory in effect Saturday for most of Miami Valley
Main impacts with this storm will be hurricane force winds greater than 74 mph, rainfall estimates between 10 and 20 inches with isolated spots as high as 25 inches in south-central Louisiana, and storm surge heights between 3 and 6 feet above ground.