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The Saturday 8:00 p.m. radar image from the National Weather Service radar site at Fort Polk showed the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Barry was just east of DeRidder.

The center of Tropical Storm Barry was located just east of DeRidder, or about 60 miles east of Jasper, at about 8:00 Saturday evening. Early Saturday morning the National Hurricane Center declared Barry a minimal category 1 hurricane when sustained winds of 75-miles-per-hour were discovered in the eyewall.

Barry moved ashore mid-day and began losing power, and was once again designated a tropical storm. It retained that status even as it moved past DeRidder, some 110 miles northwest of landfall at Marsh Island, south of New Iberia.

Although the Jasper area was spared from any wind or rain problems on Saturday, it's a much different story for residents in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. Flooding is reported in numerous areas, and the Mississippi River was out of its banks in several locations.

Broadcast journalist & on-air personality - Rayburn Broadcasting Company - KJAS 107.3 FM in Jasper, TX and KFAH 99.1 FM in Pineland, TX