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​A WC-130J from the Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron touches down on July 11, 2019, after a nine-hour mission to inspect Tropical Storm Barry as it approaches the Gulf Coast. 53rd WRS photo via Twitter.

​Hurricane season is starting in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Barry approaches Louisiana and Mississippi and is expected to make landfall this weekend.

A hurricane-hunting WC-130J from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron began flying into the storm this week, including a nine-hour mission on July 11.

The squadron reported the storm strengthened after it initially covered a broad area but had weak winds.

Barry will bring a dangerous surge to the Gulf Coast over a period of several days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Keesler AFB, Miss., posted a message to its Facebook page that it expects heavy storms and road closures, but did not announce any evacuations of its C-130s or other assets.