Caribbean eyes system, Barry heads towards US Gulf Coast

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    Islands across the Caribbean are tracking the development of a system developing out in the Atlantic Ocean, however it is unlikely to pose much of a threat.

    According to the National Hurricane Centre, the system has a low (10%) chance of organizing into a Tropical Storm in the next 48 hours or 5 days.

    It says the system remains disorganized at this time, and while slight development is possible over the next day or two, environmental conditions will become less favourable over the weekend.

    The US Gulf Coast meanwhile is bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Barry.

    The NHC says Barry is moving slowly westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico with winds of up to 65 km/h.

    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
    * Mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City

    A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
    * Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach

    A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
    * Shell Beach to the Mississippi/Alabama border
    * Mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Intracoastal City

    A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
    * Mouth of the Mississippi River to Cameron

    A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
    * East of the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border
    * Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans