Tropical Storm Barry behaved itself overnight while we slept, picking up its westward pace again and failing to gain significant strength before landfall.
During the 4 am advisory on Saturday, the storm was located at 29.1 north, 91.8 west. Forward speeds had kicked back up to west northwest at 5 mph after stalling for a lot of the night.
The storm has maximum sustained winds still of 65 mph.
The forward movement and continued westward movement is invaluable for us locally, as the farther west Barry drifts, the farther we drift away from his massive rain fields which threaten to pump 20-25 inches of rain in some areas, per computer model estimates.
As of Saturday morning, both Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes storm protection systems have held up to the storm.
That’s expected to continue through today as he continues to inch closer to the coast with landfall now close to taking place.
Saturday is expected to be a washout locally, though the strongest of Barry’s winds are likely to occur in the early morning and afternoon. As he gets onshore, weakens and separates from the area, our biggest threat will be his heavy rains.
Check HoumaTimes throughout the morning for further updates.