Hurricane warning, tropical storm warning issued for parts of southeast Louisiana coast

Mayor LaToya Cantrell: TS Barry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane warning issued for parts of Louisiana coast ahead of Tropical Storm Barry’s arrival.

4 p.m. Update:

Hurricane warning:

  • Intracoatal City to Grand Isle

Tropical storm warning:

  • Mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including Metropolitan New Orleans
  • Intracoastal City to Cameron

The mayor of New Orleans says the city’s water pumps are “working at optimal capacity” as Tropical Storm Barry moves toward the state’s Gulf coast.

But speaking at a Thursday news conference, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell added that flooding is a threat because slow-moving, heavy rains are expected from the storm.

National Weather Service meteorologist says New Orleans could get 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some isolated areas could see 20 inches (50 centimeters).

Barry could hit Louisiana as a weak hurricane over the weekend.

Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana's coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

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