Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf of Mexico

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(KWTX) Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Louisiana this weekend as a strong tropical storm or weak category 1 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Barry. (NOAA)

Hurricane Hunters have been flying into Tropical Storm Barry since Wednesday and found evidence of 40-45 MPH winds and a closed center-of-circulation.

Tropical Storm Barry is forecast to make landfall Saturday in Southern Louisiana. Barry may have just enough time over water to strengthen into a hurricane, but flooding rains and storm surge will be the primary impacts felt in Central and Eastern Louisiana this weekend. The eastern half of the state may see a widespread swath of at least 5" to 10" of rain with localized rainfall totals between 10" and 20" possible near and west of New Orleans. Louisiana is already dealing with the aftermath of a stormy Spring in the Central Plains. Runoff from those storms is causing widespread flooding along the Mississippi River throughout the state.

While the majority of the rainfall produced by this storm is expected to remain near and east of the center, locally heavy rain and gusty winds will still occur in the western half of this storm too, just not to the same magnitude.

Tropical Storm Barry will have minimal impacts to Central Texas' weather this weekend. Cities and towns near and especially east of I-35 may see scattered rain move through Saturday and Sunday, but rainfall chances are only near 20%. Winds may briefly gust to near 20 MPH at times and clouds may help to keep afternoon temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s near I-45. Elsewhere in Central Texas, expect rain-free conditions and warm temperatures in the low-to-mid 90s.