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Hurricane watch in Louisiana, mandatory evacuations issued as Barry expected to drop up to 20 inches of rain

Fox News – A brewing tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico forced mandatory evacuations in parts of Louisiana on Thursday, as a potential hurricane is expected to spark flash flooding in places like New Orleans still drying out from torrential rain.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Barry is located about 95 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by late Friday and make landfall by early Saturday along the Louisiana coast. Barry is the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

“This is crawling across the Gulf of Mexico, which means there is still a little bit of time for this to change and it also means the longer it moves, the slower it moves, the longer the rain can pile up,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said Thursday on “FOX & friends.”

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the system had sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west at 5 mph. A hurricane watch was in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron, La., while a tropical storm warning stretched along the coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

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