Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Lousiana

Tropical Storm Barry made landfall just before 1 p.m. on Saturday near Intracoastal City, La. Barry strengthened to a hurricane before making landfall, but quickly returned to tropical storm classification. No direct impacts to South Texas are expected.

Hurricane Barry made landfall just before 1 p.m. on Saturday near Intracoastal City, La.

As of 7 p.m., the storm’s center was about 20 miles west of Lafayette,La., moving north-northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Barry strengthened to a hurricane before making landfall, but quickly returned to tropical storm classification.

“It was declared a hurricane before landfall, but dropped back down shortly after,” said Tyler Castillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “The strength was short-lived.”

Forecast keep the system well to the northeast of South Texas, and no direct impacts to the region are expected, he said.

“The only thing we are really looking at is an increase in moderate risk of rip currents today and into later tomorrow,” Castillo said.

Increased, long-period swells resulting in a heightened risk of rip currents are expected by Sunday along the Middle Texas Coast.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued early Saturday morning for counties including Bee, Goliad, Victoria, Refugio and Calhoun through Saturday night.

Isolated thunderstorms will be possible over the Victoria Crossroads and isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible from the Victoria Crossroads to the Coastal Bend during evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms are not expected to become severe, though heat index values could pose health threats.

Heat index values are expected to range from 105 to 109 degrees across portions of the Coastal Bend, Victoria Crossroads and southern Brush Country, according to the National Weather Service. A high of 97 degrees and low of 78 degrees is in the forecast for Sunday, with temperature highs expected to stay in the 90s throughout the week.

“Residents with outdoor activities planned are urged to drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and take frequent breaks from the heat,” a NWS advisory said. “Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

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