Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf, could become hurricane

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A hurricane watch has been issued along the southern Louisiana coast, as well as a storm surge watch for New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana’s coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.

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A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.