Tropical Storm Barry may deliver heavy rain and sustained winds of up to 28 mph to South Arkansas on Sunday night.
Barry, which was officially a hurricane for only three hours on Saturday morning, is moving inland through South Central Louisiana.
The storm’s center of circulation is taking a northwesterly track. This is expected to increase its potential impact on South Arkansas.
Late Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center’s “forecast cone” for Barry predicts that its center of circulation will be just south of White Oak Lake in Ouachita County at about 1 a.m. Monday. By that time, Barry will have weakened into a tropical depression.
South Central and Southeast Arkansas may expect winds of up to 28 mph on Sunday night and early Monday, with higher gusts of up to 40 mph possible.
Residents should be prepared for possible power outages.
Rainfall predictions for the Magnolia area as a result of Barry are between 2-4 inches, with lesser amounts to the west but greater amounts from 4-7 inches in the Mississippi River region of Arkansas.
Bands of showers and thunderstorms will continue shifting north into much of northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas on Saturday. Periods of brief heavy rainfall will be possible with the most intense storms.
The threat of strong gusty winds will also accompany Barry with peak wind gusts up to 20-30 mph or higher on Saturday, especially across portions of north central Louisiana. A few weak but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out as showers and thunderstorms within these bands spiral around Barry`s center of circulation.
Tropical Storm Barry will continue to drift north across South Central Louisiana this evening, and into North Central Louisiana through Sunday.
As the center of Barry drifts north, locally heavy rainfall is expected to develop near and east of its center, eventually spreading into the eastern sections of North Central Louisiana and portions of South Central Arkansas late tonight through much of Sunday.
Rainfall amounts of two to five inches, with isolated higher amounts in excess of seven inches, will be possible through Monday morning.
The eastern half of Arkansas from a Pocahontas-to-El Dorado line is under a flash flood watch through Monday morning.
A lake wind advisory is in effect in South Arkansas and North Louisiana.