POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:28pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Tropical Storm Barry is the second named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday evening.
The Hurricane Hunters flew into Tropical Depression Two in the southern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and found that winds had strengthened enough to classify it as a tropical storm. At the 7:00 p.m. Wednesday National Hurricane Center update, winds were sustained around 40 mph with gusts up to 46 mph.
As a tropical storm, Barry will continue to move westward, away from the United States, into the East Coast of Mexico by Thursday afternoon. Then, winds diminish quickly and the storm falls apart by the weekend. Barry will not be a Louisiana land falling cyclone.
Before Tropical Storm Barry was named, the Mexican government took extra precautions Wednesday morning and issued Tropical Storm Warnings from Punta el Lagarto to Barra de Nautla, Mexico, as tropical storm force winds were forecast within the next 24 to 36-hours. Along with gusty winds, central Mexico will be concerned about flash flooding over the next few days; one to six inches of rain could fall there through Saturday.
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