Bracing for tropical storm Barry

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Heavy rains and gusty winds have knocked out power on the U-S Gulf Coast as a strengthening tropical storm Barry churns a path to shore.   

Officials predict Barry will make landfall as this year's first hurricane near Morgan City, west of New Orleans, this morning.  

More than 45-thousand people in southern Louisiana have already lost power as the edges of the storm lash the region.   

Though expected to be a weak hurricane, Barry threatens to cause disastrous flooding across a swath of the Gulf Coast.