Tampa Bay will not be directly impacted by Tropical Storm Barry, but our Gulf neighbors are preparing for it to potentially make landfall in Louisiana. In previous days, forecasters predicted that it would strengthen into a hurricane, but now it is expected to remain a tropical storm. The major concern for these areas is flooding. Current hurricane center predictions call for 10 to 20 inches of rain in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi with some isolated areas getting up to 25 inches.
You may be wondering why we are on a “B” name already. If you recall, on May 20th Subtropical Storm Andrea formed out in the Atlantic and lasted just 24 hours.
Although Florida has been fortunate to not be in the path of the first 2 storms of the season, it is a reminder to make sure we all have our hurricane supplies ready and have an emergency plan in place for the whole family.
Florida Department of Health’s website has several different preparedness guides that you can use as a reference for getting supplies and creating a plan for hurricanes or any other disasters.