NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- Tropical Storm Barry has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression over Northwestern Louisiana. Life-threatening flooding rains are expected to continue into Monday.
At 4:00 p.m. Central on Sunday, radar had Barry moving at about 9 mph towards the north.
The main concerns are dangerous storm surge, heavy rains, and wind conditions continuing across the north central Gulf Coast.
The center of Barry is expected to move across the northwestern portions of Louisiana Sunday and over into Arkansas Sunday night and Monday.
A turn towards the north is expected on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased from 75 mph to 65 mph with higher gusts.
Additional weakening is expected as the center moves across farther inland.
The tremendous amount of rain is going to be a big problem for folks on the Louisiana Coast. The combination of Barry's relatively slow movement, as well as the rain content of the storm, has combined into a life-threatening situation for southeastern Louisiana residents, including the city of New Orleans.
Forecasts predict the coasts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi could receive 10 to 20 inches of rain, with spots greater than 25 inches. These rain levels mean there is a very real danger of life-threatening flooding.
A couple of tornadoes are possible through Sunday night across parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, western Alabama, eastern Arkansas, and western Tennessee.