Hurricane Barry LIVE video tracker: Watch radar as storm hurtles towards US coastline

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Tropical Storm Barry, which has the potential to be a powerful hurricane, is set to crash into the US on Friday evening and into Saturday and cause a “real problem” in particular for New Orleans. Live video tracking from NBC News shows the storm makes an eastward track shift – impacting more of the Mississippi River Delta region.

University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd has warned of a “dire scenario” because of a tropical cyclone “overlapping” with current flooding.

The National Hurricane Center warned Barry will bring “dangerous storm surge, heavy rains, and winds” across the north-central part of the Gulf coast that could reach six feet high.

CBS forecaster Lonnie Quinn also warned: “It is going to be borderline whether it is a hurricane or not. It’s funny, we all get tied into, and wrapped up with the wind speed. The wind speed dictates whether it is a hurricane or not.

“It might be a strong tropical storm. It may be a strong tropical storm, it may be a low-grade category one hurricane, but it is going to be a big water maker. There is going to be a lot of rain associated with this.

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“Here’s the latest information from the National Hurricane Centre. You’ve got a storm that has 40mph winds – so just barely tropical storm for that matter.

“Around 90 miles from the south of the Mississippi river, but as it pushes to the west and eventually yes to the north, we think it is going to be making landfall sometime, maybe late Friday, early Saturday. Is it a hurricane? Is it a tropical storm? We shouldn’t be tied up into that entirely.”

He added: “It is more the water. Look at the amount of rain. Watch for the white to flop up onto the screen.

“The white is showing you anywhere from Hattiesburg down to New Orleans, that’s a foot of rain just there. If you look at this area shaded in black, that’s one to two feet of rain.

A state of emergency has been issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in response to the expected hurricane-force weather conditions.

He said: “Right now, we believe any overtopping of the levees will be of relatively short duration, about 12 hours, but that is still a very, very significant hazard.

“The fact of the matter is if mother nature dumps between 10 and 15 inches of rain over 24 hours we’re going to have flooding.

“We will know much better in 24 hours, we believe, on what we can expect in terms of storm intensity. We’ll have a better idea of tracking and so forth.”

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