The National Hurricane Center is predicting that tropical storm Barry will strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.
But the National Weather Service is asking people not to focus on the storm’s strength.
Rather they want people to be vigilant about water levels.
The slow-moving storm is expected to bring the deadly triple threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge.
Officials along the Gulf Coast are urging residents to get ready and to heed every single warning.
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana with mandatory evacuations ordered for low-lying parts of the state.
Officials are expected to close dozens of floodgates to help lower the flood risk.
But the amount of water expected from the storm is a huge concern for state officials.
Parts of New Orleans have already experienced flooding this week and the Mississippi River is forecast to crest Saturday at levels not seen in almost 70 years.
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Please share the information with family and friends who may be living in the path of the storm so they stay safe.