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Barry makes landfall in FL, weakens

Storm drenches Florida.


Tropical Storm Barry made landfall Saturday morning near Tampa Bay, Fla., and quickly weakened into a tropical depression.

The National Hurricane Center canceled all tropical storm warnings and watches.

The depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is continuing to move north-northeast at 23 miles per hour. The storm formed Friday - the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Tropical Depression Barry was bringing widespread rain to the region, which has been suffering from drought and extremely dry conditions all spring. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches were expected across Florida. Isolated amounts of 10 inches were possible, forecasters said.

Heavy rain was also expected in parts of Georgia and North Carolina. The National Weather Service said 2 to 4 inches of rain had already fallen over the Tampa region from Barry and more was expected. Officials urged the public to not drive through flooded areas and to keep an eye on quick-rising streams and creeks.

Forecasters also warned of possible isolated tornadoes from the storm. A tornado watch was issued for much of central Florida.

The National Hurricane Center said dangerous waves were hitting Florida's west coast and causing rip tides.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said they expected the depression to continue to weaken over the next 24 hours but gradually pick up forward speed on Saturday.

After crossing northern Florida on Saturday, Barry was expected to move up the East Coast bringing tropical force winds and needed rainfall along the coast to Maine.

Barry is the second named storm of the season. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed off the Carolina coast in early May.

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