Tropical Storm nears Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Barry as it threatens to become a hurricane by the weekend. ABC News' Trevor Ault reports.
2:23 | 07/12/19

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Good Friday morning everyone thanks for joining us we have a long weekend ahead starting with tropical storm Barry already lashing Louisiana's coastal communities with wind and rain the satellite shows a slow moving storm still churning along the Gulf Coast stripping and ahead of its expected landfall later today. Or early tomorrow forecasters say Barry is likely to become the season's first hurricane. Capable of unloading more than two feet of rain before moving on ABC's forever Alter joins us now from Washington good morning Trevor. Good morning Kenneth engine named tropical storm Barry is really taking its time overnight marching toward Louisiana add only about three miles an hour but it is packing a punch. And will likely get even stronger before makes landfall. This morning the gulf is bracing with tropical storm Barry peering down and threatening to become a hurricane by the weekend. Thousands now scrambling to sandbag in evacuate. Within three days of clothing. There on the routine if there radio we always overdone back to. As much as twenty inches of rain on the way to parts of Louisiana has the state is already battling unprecedented flooding. The Mississippi River is higher than it's ever ban with a storm this size approaching in a torrent of hurricane rainfall threatening to over top the twenty foot high levees protecting New Orleans. Just days after previous storms flooded the city streets. What many still wearied from Hurricane Katrina. We're confident that. We are not going to you have day. Hate you would get up tree. However if you have a storm that has elevations much higher than those flood walls you're gonna get water in the city. New Orleans Mayor telling residents not to evacuate but to have a plan and Louisiana's governor John Bell Edwards taking action ahead of time is activating 3000 national Guardsmen. And deploying disaster response resources while requesting extra federal emergency funds. This is going to be a major weather event. Four a's it's huge portion. Of the state of Louisiana. On top of being a powerful storm Barry is also slow moving possibly bringing 48 hours of heavy rainfall beginning Friday night and not letting up until late Sunday. For cash show once Berry makes landfall is expected to move north through the weekend drenching Louisiana but also any parts of Texas and Mississippi to. Today Kenneth it's going to be a wet and potentially dangerous few days for the Gulf Coast thank you Trevor.

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