Barry upgraded to a hurricane as it approaches Louisiana

The National Hurricane Center has warned Barry is expected to become a hurricane before reaching the south-central coast of Louisiana.

During an advisory released at 10 a.m. CDT, the NHC reported that Barry was strengthening and shortly before making landfall and passing through Lafayette, Louisiana, the NHC forecasted that Tropical Storm Barry would turn into a hurricane.

Major producers from BP Plc to Chevron Corp. have evacuated crews from offshore installations due to the storm, which could grow into a hurricane this week.

Heavy rain bands wrapping into Barry are already affecting MS and Alabama. "To have a strong price reaction you need something to really happen". A fourth weekly draw in American stockpiles and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's signal the central bank is preparing to cut interest rates added to the bullishness.

She said the family was packing up and heading for the neighbouring state of MS to ride out the storm. The one thing to note here is that this is not picking up on rain from bands east of the center. Officials were still confident that the levees would hold firm.

"Barry should quickly weaken below hurricane strength as it moves onshore, and subsequently it is forecast to weaken below tropical storm strength between 24-36 hours", it said.

A hurricane warning is in effect along part of the Louisiana coast, while inland areas, including the lower Mississippi Valley, are under tropical storm warnings.

Those parishes were east of Morgan City, where Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane later Saturday morning.

The storm's leading edges lashed the state with bands of rain for most of the day, and some coastal roads were already under water Friday morning. Helicopters were also on standby, and supplies including drinking water and blankets were ready for distribution, the Guard said.

Heavy rainfall, and resulting flooding, is the biggest threat from Barry.

The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said. "Right now, our primary focus is to respond to Midwest flooding that is happening within our region".

Oil prices rose 2.5% on Wednesday after industry data showed USA inventories fell more than expected and as major United States producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico before a storm.

More than 70,000 customers were without power Saturday morning, including almost 67,000 in Louisiana and more than 3,000 in MS, according to poweroutage.us. Parts of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in Alabama 200 miles (322 kilometres) away from where Barry was headed, were flooded both by rain and surging water from the Gulf, said Mayor Jeff Collier, who was driving around in a Humvee to survey damage.

"We can handle the first 5 inches, but after that, we can pump 1 inch per hour".

Saturday: Rain will continue to intensify through Saturday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said it was the first time all floodgates were sealed in the New Orleans-area Hurricane Risk Reduction System since Katrina. Forecasters said Friday morning that while their models don't "explicitly show Barry becoming a hurricane, it is still possible for that to occur before landfall". The rain will begin to expand northward into Arkansas and southern Tennessee later in the day.

Employees remove a sign in the French Quarter as Tropical Storm Barry approaches land in New Orleans, La., July 12, 2019.

"We could see an uptick in prices over the next few days", says Shawn Steward with AAA (Triple-A) Kansas.

  • Zachary Reyes