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Barry weakened into a tropical depression on Sunday afternoon, bringing light rain to South Arkansas.

Rainfall and wind are expected to pick up as the storm’s center of circulation moves into Southwest Arkansas.

Entergy Corporation said that power went out to about 600 customers along Arkansas 98, Arkansas 57 and County Road 36 areas at 1:18 p.m. Sunday. The outage affected the communities of Spotsville, Village, Ebenezer and Medlock.

Most power was restored by 4 p.m. Sunday.

About 90 Entergy customers in El Dorado area were without service, and almost 1,800 customers in the Warren-Monticello area also had no power.

The National Hurricane Center’s 4 p.m. advisory placed the depression's center 20 miles north-northeast of Shreveport, LA.

Barry is moving toward the north near 9 mph. A general northward motion is forecast tonight through Monday morning. A motion toward the north-northeast and northeast is expected Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Barry will move across the northwestern portions of Louisiana today, and over Arkansas tonight and Monday.

NOAA Doppler weather radar data and surface observations indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts. However, these winds are occurring near the Gulf Coast well to the southeast and south of the center.

Weakening is expected as the center moves farther inland.

At 4:15 p.m. the automated weather observation system at Magnolia Municipal Airport was reporting wind from the north-northeast at about 5 mph. has recorded 0.71 inches of rain since the tropical system moved into the region on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the Magnolia area will receive 2-4 inches of rain from the storm system. Heavier amounts will follow in eastern Arkansas along the Mississippi River, with 6-10 inches possible from just south of Helena into the Missouri Bootheel region.

Rainfall associated with the remnants of Barry will continue through tonight, especially over Southern Arkansas and Western Louisiana. However, the heavier rainfall rates should remain well east of the region.

Rainfall associated with the remnants of Barry will move north and east of the region on Tuesday.

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