The storm threatening much of the Gulf Coast has reached sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as of this afternoon. It’s been named Tropical Storm Barry.
The system is expected to intensify into a hurricane before making landfall Friday night or Saturday, but rain from the storm is already pummeling parts of Louisiana.
Some areas of New Orleans have seen up to nine inches so far, creating flood conditions there.
Forecasters are concerned about how much rain Barry will dump as it moves at a slow pace of just five miles per hour.
Heavy rainfall could devastate coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida that sit at or below sea level.