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More than 160,000 without power in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry weakens; flooding still a concern

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A police chief captured footage of flooding along a road in Golden Meadows, Louisiana as the Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Barry.
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Tropical Storm Barry continues to lose strength as it moves through western Louisiana, though officials are still warning of dangerous storm-related conditions and tens of thousands are without power. 

The storm’s maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph as of Sunday morning. Barry is expected to move over the western portion of central and northern Louisiana throughout Sunday, and over Arkansas Sunday night and into Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

“Even though Barry is weakening, the threat of heavy rains and the potential for flooding continues from Louisiana northward through the Lower Mississippi Valley,” according to the NHC Sunday morning. 

Where is Barry now?: Interactive storm tracker

Are we out of the woods yet?

More than 160,000 Louisiana customers are without power as of Sunday morning, shows The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser’s interactive power outages map. 

A storm surge warning – a risk of flooding from rising waters moving inland from the coastline — is in effect from Intracoastal City to Mouth of Atchafalaya River. A tropical storm warning is effect for Morgan City to Cameron. 

Plus, dangerous flooding is still a concern. 

“Barry is expected to produce total rain accumulations of six to 12 inches over south-central Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches,” the NHC reports. “Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of four to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.  This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding.”

What to know: Tropical Storm Barry’s path, landfall, winds, flooding and more

Short-lived: Hurricane Barry weakens to tropical storm, risk of ‘life-threatening’ floods

Where did Barry make landfall?

Barry made landfall Saturday as a Category 1 Hurricane – the first hurricane of the season – near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, about 150 miles west of New Orleans. The storm entered the coast with sustained winds of up to 75 mph, though it weakened into a tropical storm shortly after that. 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned people to not “let their guard down,” despite Barry’s weakened state. 

“My concern is people are going to bed thinking the worst is behind us and that may not be the case,” he told reporters at a news conference Saturday night. 

He added, “It’s going to be a long few days and there are going to be some significant challenges.” 

Contributing: Greg Hilburn, The (Monroe, La.) News-Star

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