Storm weakens to tropical depression, flash flood watch issued for Adams County

Published 4:46 pm Sunday, July 14, 2019

NATCHEZ — The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Barry has now weakened to a tropical depression during a Sunday afternoon advisory while forecasters warn flooding rains and tornadoes are still possible as the storm winds down, The Associated Press reported just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Forecasters say Barry’s maximum winds are down to 35 mph,” The Associated Press reports, “Its center was about 20 miles north-northeast of Shreveport in northwest Louisiana.

“The National Weather Service says flooding rains and tornadoes are happening well east and south of the storm’s center and should continue into Monday as what remains of Barry moves north into western Arkansas.”

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The National Weather issued a flash flood watch for portions of Louisiana and Mississippi, including Adams County, and southeast Arkansas through Monday morning.

A flash flood watch means “conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding,” the alert states.

As the remnants of the storm move northward, local officials continue to monitor the storm.

Adams County Emergency Management Director, Robert Bradford advised locals earlier Sunday afternoon to stay safe as rain and strong wind continues in the area, adding no major incidents have been reported.

“We’ve had reports of trees falling and covering certain roads, but no major incidents,” Bradford said. “We have crews on standby. … We want everyone to stay safe while the rain is falling.”

Scattered power outages have also been reported throughout the area as a result of strong winds and fallen tree limbs, said Entergy Customer Service Manager Tim Runnels.

As of 5 p.m., approximately 2,600 Entergy customers statewide were without power while 20 remained without power in Natchez according to Entergy’s website.

Runnels said those without power should be restored by 11 p.m. tonight, adding additional outages are possible as the storm continues.