August 3, 2001 — At 11 a.m. EDT, a tropical storm watch was issued for portions of southeast Louisiana from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City, La. The center of Tropical Storm Barry was located near latitude 27.0 north and longitude 87.3 west or about
185 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center. (Click NOAA image for latest satellite view of Tropical Storm Barry.)

Barry is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue today with a gradual decrease in forward speed on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.

Winds and seas will gradually increase today across the north central Gulf of Mexico, and some coastal flooding could occur over portions of southeast Louisiana. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center, mainly to the north and east.

The latest minimum central pressure reported by reconnaissance aircraft is 1007 Mb, 29.74 inches. Locally heavy rainfall of 3 to 5 inches is possible over portions of central and south Florida today. Isolated tornadoes are also possible along the southwest Florida coast.

For storm information for specific areas of the USA, please monitor products issued by National Weather Service local forecast offices.

An intermediate advisory will be issued by NOAA's National Hurricane Center at 2 p.m. EDT followed by the next complete advisory at 5 p.m. EDT.

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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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