Hurricane warning issued for parts of Louisiana

The Mississippi River is at 16 feet, which is just below flood stage, 17 feet, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 11, 2019 ahead of Tropical Storm Barry from the Gulf of Mexico. The river levees protect to about 20 feet, which the river may reach if predicted storm surge prevents the river from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Matthew Hinton

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Louisiana coast ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's arrival.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued the warning Thursday afternoon for the Louisiana coast from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle. A tropical storm warning is in effect for other areas including the New Orleans metro area.

Barry is currently a tropical storm with winds of about 40 mph, and was offshore about 90 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Forecasters said the storm is likely to become a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall Friday or early Saturday.

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