Tropical Storm Barry continues churning in the northern Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of more than 100 km/h.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the coast of Louisiana on Saturday morning.
The city of New Orleans is on alert for heavy rain (up to 500 mm) and flooding along with storm surges although no evacuations have yet been ordered.
This is the first tropical system to impact the United States in 2019.
After landfall, Barry is expected to weaken and head northward through the Mississippi Valley.