A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana as residents on the gulf coast prepare for a potential hurricane landfall this weekend.
Governor John Bel Edwards stated that potential Tropical Storm Barry could bring storm surge, hurricane force winds, and up to 15 inches of rain to the coastal areas, which prompted him to declare the emergency preemptively. Residents are urged to check their emergency supplies and monitor local weather reports.
The National Hurricane Center says that the system, now officially known as “Potential Tropical Cyclone Two,” is expected to strengthen over the next 72 hours and become a tropical depression Thursday morning. The storm will continue to strengthen into a tropical storm Thursday night and a hurricane on Friday.