Tropical Storm Barry continued to bear down on the Gulf Coast Friday, flooding parts of New Orleans and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for at least 10,000 people in parts of Louisiana as it was expected to become a hurricane by the weekend. Just before 11am Thursday morning, the storm officially became a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40mph with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City……Read More