As New Orleans braces itself for tropical storm Barry, Carolina Weather Group meteorologist Scotty Powell says the Catawba Valley won’t see much rain from the storm.

To view photos of New Orleans' preparations, scroll to the bottom of this article. 

Powell said Barry is expected to be a category one hurricane when it hits land Saturday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The current path of the storm is expected to head north towards Arkansas and Missouri, then to northeastern states like Illinois and Indiana.

A high pressure band will develop over the weekend in western North Carolina, which Powell says will deflect most rain from Barry. There is only a 20-30 percent chance of rain for the weekend, he added.

Aside from isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms, Powell said the Catawba Valley should expect to see temperatures rising next week into the mid-to-upper 90s.

See how New Orleans is bracing for Barry to test its post-Katrina storm defenses

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Emily Willis is a general assignment reporter at the Hickory Daily Record. 


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