Hurricane Barry Makes Landfall, Downgraded To Tropical Storm

Hurricane Barry is now a tropical storm again after making landfall in Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center says Barry's maximum sustained winds weakened to 70 miles an hour after it came ashore near Intracoastal City, Louisiana Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters caution that dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and high winds will continue across the region during the next 48 hours. Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards says flooding "looks relatively minor" so far but he cautioned everyone "to stay vigiliant and be safe."

The Coast Guard is reporting the rescue of a dozen people in one Louisiana parish.

Local officials say 12 elderly people were trapped on the Isle de Jean Charles where rising waters caused by Tropical Storm Barry. No injuries were reported.

A voluntary evacuation order was issued for the low-lying areas of the parish on Friday, including the small island.

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