Tropical Storm Barry weakened to top winds of 60 miles per hour and picked up forward speed to eight miles per hour, moving north northwest past Lafayette.
"Tropical Storm Barry continues to move inland," said local weather expert, WWL-TV meteorologist Alexandra Cranford. "Right now the center is just north of Lafayette, Louisiana."
Bands of heavy rain are trailing the storm's center, and are spread out far enough that it set off a couple of tornado warnings in the New Orleans area this evening.
The National Weather Service has posted a flood advisory for the area through 9:45 p.m.