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Barry downgraded to Tropical Storm after making landfall

Posted: 7:46 AM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-14 08:09:25-04
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Barry strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.

After making landfall, the storm quickly downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

As of the 5 p.m. update, Barry had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, heading north-northwest at 7 mph.

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The biggest impact from this slow-moving system will be heavy rainfall. Baton Rouge, Louisiana could get up to 24 inches of rain, forecasters say.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings are now in place along the Louisiana coastline ahead of Barry's arrival.

The system won't have any effect on South Florida. Instead, drier conditions are expected into the weekend and early next week.

The first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Andrea, formed in the Atlantic Ocean back in May but quickly died out.