Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf

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    Tropical Storm Barry forms in the Gulf
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    by: Sam Lucey, Lauren Hope

    Posted: Jul 10, 2019 / 04:05 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 11, 2019 / 10:17 AM CDT
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    MIAMI, Fla. (WMBB) – Tropical Storm Barry has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in southern Louisiana as early as Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The system began as a low pressure system over land and formed into Tropical Storm Barry Thursday morning. The storm is heading west at about 5 miles per hour expected to hit southern Louisiana with 15 to 20 inches of rain. This is the second tropical cyclone in the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The first was subtropical storm Andrea.

    Though the panhandle isn’t the direct target of Tropical Storm Barry, double red beach flags will still be waving in Bay, Gulf and Walton counties through the weekend. High surf and small craft advisories are in effect over the Gulf on the western portion of the panhandle until Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Breezy conditions along the coastline will make an appearance Friday afternoon with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Seas will reach 6 to 9 feet by Thursday evening and increase to 7 to 10 feet by Friday and many areas will likely see added rainfall.

    The 13 First Alert Storm Team will be monitoring this situation and updates will be posted here and on our social media accounts.

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    Double RED Flags!
    Beaches remain open but the water is CLOSED in South Walton and across the Emerald Coast of Florida. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER.

    Stay out of the water until further notice. Check South Walton Fire District on Facebook for updates on surf conditions and beach safety information.

    Know the Florida flag system and stay safe. If you have questions please ask SWFD Lifeguards!

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    Thursday July 11, 2019

    Good Morning,

    As of 11am, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded PTC 2 to Tropical Storm Barry. Our primary threat still continues to be heavy rainfall. Our forcasted rainfall total of 2-4 inches has not changed since our previous update. We still do not expect any widespread flooding however there could be some localized ponding if rain is especially heavy particularity near the immediate coast. We are currently experiencing above average wave height and have high risk of rip currents. Walton County beaches are under a double red flag. Maximum wind GUSTS will be around 30MPH near the coast.

    As we have stated with our other briefs, this system is the perfect way to evaluate your plans and resources to be better prepared for the remainder of hurricane season. Pending any significant changes, this will be the last update on Tropical Storm Barry.

    Summary:
    ** Heavy Rainfall remains primary threat
    ** Walton County Waters under Double Red Flag. The water is closed but the beach is open
    **NO Watches or Warning for Florida and none are expected
    ** This is the final update from WCEM pending no significant changes

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