TROPICAL STORM BARRY FORMS IN THE EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO

August 2, 2001 — This afternoon an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft found that the strong tropical wave in the eastern Gulf of Mexico has strengthened into the second tropical storm of the season, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. (Click NOAA satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry for larger view. Click here for latest satellite image. Click here for colorized NOAA satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry.)

At 3 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Barry was located about 320 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Barry is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph, and this motion is expected to continue today with a gradual turn toward the west-northwest on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Watches or warnings may be required later tonight for portions of the north central Gulf Coast.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, mainly to the north and east of the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 Mb, 29.83 inches. (Click 3-D NOAA satellite image for larger view of Tropical Storm Barry.)

Storm Advisories updated 5 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m. EDT; every three hours if a Watch/Warning is in effect.

NOAA satellite images updated 15 minutes past the hour; Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico and close-ups also updated at 45 past the hour.

Click NOAA tracking map for larger view.

Relevant Web Sites
NOAA's National Hurricane Center — Get the latest advisories here

NOAA Satellite Images — The latest satellite views

Colorized Satellite Images

NOAA 3-D Satellite Images


NOAA's Storm Watch — Get the latest severe weather information across the USA

Climate Watch, June 2001 — Rainfall and Flooding from Tropical Storm Allison

National Weather Warnings

NOAA's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center — Get the latest excessive rainfall forecasts

NOAA's Drought Assessment

NOAA's Summer Outlook

Latest Seasonal Outlook

2001 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook

USA Weather Threats

NOAA's River Forecast Centers

NOAA's Hydrologic Information Center

River Conditions from NOAA's Hydrologic Information Center — includes national graphic

NOAA's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services


NOAA's Flooding Page

NOAA Flood Satellite Images


Media Contact:
Frank Lepore, NOAA's National Hurricane Center, (305) 229-4404

 

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