TROPICS VIDEO: Barry starting to turn. Flooding remains our main threat.

Prepare for a windy Friday with frequent rain showers with thunderstorms likely. And then windy with heavy rain showers tomorrow. Tropical Storm Barry is forecast to affect our region of the Gulf Coast for the rest of this week and into the weekend. The system will continue its movement toward the west-northwest today before making an eventual turn to the north-northwest early tomorrow. Widespread impacts are expected, including flooding due to heavy rain and storm surge, strong damaging winds, also a few weak or brief tornadoes. A Flash Flood Watch, Storm Surge Watch, and Tropical Storm Watch all continue for coastal Mississippi through the weekend. Rain threat: Tropical Storm Barry is expected to deliver extreme rainfall to parts of Louisiana and very heavy rainfall to coastal Mississippi. Our rain forecast calls for four to six inches of rainfall or more for coastal Mississippi now through Sunday. This may lead to flash flooding and area rivers may experience flooding, depending on where the heaviest rain falls. If you live in flood-prone areas, take action to protect your property ahead of time. As always, have multiple ways to receive warnings to know where you will go if you need to move to higher ground. Storm surge threat: storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above ground level along the Mississippi Coast. Impacts include flooded coastal roadways and other low lying areas. Some roads could become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots. Wind threat: strong winds are expected to increase Friday night through Saturday night across our area. Our wind forecast calls for maximum sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph now through Sunday. Potential impacts some tree damage and perhaps some damage to roofs and fences and scattered power and communication outages - especially in areas with above-ground lines. Stay indoors and away from windows during strongest winds.

TROPICS VIDEO: Barry starting to turn. Flooding remains our main threat.