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Residents along the Gulf Coast are bracing for damaging storm surge and up to two feet of rainfall from a tropical storm that is expected to form this week.
A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has a 90 per cent chance of strengthening into a tropical storm by Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
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Tropical Storm Barry may even develop into a hurricane by the end of the week with landfall expected over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.
According to The Weather Channel, landfall may occur between early morning on Saturday to the afternoon or evening.
NHC - Area - Pressure - Gulf - Mexico
The NHC said an area of low pressure in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico has produced disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
According to the center, the system will likely develop into a tropical depression later in the day or on Thursday, with an increasing chance of producing storm surge and intense winds across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
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'Environmental and ocean conditions are forecast to be conducive for development and a tropical depression is likely to form by the end of the week,' the NHC said.
On Wednesday morning, the NHC tweeted that 'storm surge and wind watches could be issued later today'.
Hurricane - Center - System - Rainfall - Texas
The hurricane center also said the system has the potential to produce very heavy rainfall from Texas to the Florida Panhandle.
Meteorologists said that Louisiana should prepare for a category 1 hurricane with heavy rain, coastal flooding and potential power outages from strong winds.
New - Orleans - Wednesday - Morning - Weather
New Orleans was already flooding Wednesday morning, prompting weather officials to issue a flash flood warning for the city.
Tropical Storm Barry could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans.
Forecasters - Parts - Louisiana - Inches - Rain
Forecasters say parts of Louisiana could see up to 12 inches of rain by Monday, with heavier amounts...
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