Tropical storm Barry upgraded to hurricane, moving closer to Louisiana coast

Tropical storm Barry upgraded to hurricane, moving closer to Louisiana coast

Tropical Storm Barry was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane on Saturday as it was approaching the coast of the US State of Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

"Life-threatening, significant flash flooding and river flooding will become increasingly likely later today and tonight as Barry moves inland, especially across portions of south-central and southeast Louisiana into Mississippi," the NHC said in its advisory.

​According to CNN, more than 77,000 people in Louisiana are without power as the hurricane nears landfall.

US President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency for Louisiana late on Thursday.

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