MET OFFICE- TROPICAL STORM BARRY HEADING TOWARD THE LOUISIANA COAST…

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At 4:00 a.m., the broad circulation center of Tropical Storm Barry was located near latitude 28.1 degrees north, longitude 90.2 degrees west, or about 205 km south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Barry is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 km/h. A track toward the northwest is expected to begin later today, followed by a turn toward the north on Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Barry will be near or over the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana tonight or Saturday, and then move inland into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft, a few hours ago, indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Barry could become a hurricane tonight or early Saturday when the center is near the Louisiana coast. Weakening is expected after
Barry moves inland.

Tropical Storm Barry is not a threat to Jamaica.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor this system.