Tropical Storm Barry officially forms, could become hurricane in next 24 hours

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Tropical Storm Barry has officially formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it could become a hurricane as it threatens the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

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