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TROPICAL STORM BARRY

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Tropical Storm Barry Nears Florida

A tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa on July 24, the wave tracked westward through the open atlantic with little development until July 28 when convection began to increase when the storm was just east of the Lesser Antilles. Convection continued to increase as the storm entered the Gulf of Mexico on August 1, and it became Tropical Depression Three on August 2. The depression moved north and became Tropical Storm Barry just hours later at the next advisory. Steering currents began to weaken on August 3, and the storm began to drift west, and it became nearly stationary and weakened to a Tropical Depression on August 4.

Barry remained in an unfavorable environment until August 5, when it picked up a northward motion and regained Tropical Storm status. The storm began to rapidly organize on the 5th, with the pressure dropping 17 mbar in seven hours. The strengthening was short lived, but it brought Barry a maximum intensity of 70 mph winds that day. Barry was able to maintain this intensity until landfall near Santa Rosa Beach, Florida early on August 6, when Barry was beginning to form an eye. Barry continued to the north after landfall and weakened rapidly to a tropical depression on the same day of landfall, and weakened to a remnant low that dissipated on August 8 over Missouri.

Total damages are estimated at about 30 Million dollars. Two deaths were caused by Barry, one from a lightning strike near Jacksonville, FL, and another from rip currents at Sanibel Island, Florida. It is also worth mentioning that the tropical wave that formed Barry sunk a ship with Cuban refugees on board, which killed six of the 28 passengers.

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