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Barry remnants hit eastern US

Barry drenched the south, now moving north.


The remnants of once Tropical Storm Barry are now an extratropical low pressure system moving up the east coast. The storm dropped 3 to 7 inches of rain across parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) was no longer issuing advisories on the system, as it has lost most of its tropical characteristics. Heavy rain was expected in some states and flood watches were in effect for parts of Virginia and Maryland. Up to 3 inches of rain was expected.

Rainfall totals in Florida and Georgia helped ease some extreme dry conditions and dampen wildfires. The NHC reported that West Palm Beach International Airport received the highest rainfall total from the storm system with almost 7 inches.

Melbourne, Largo, Suwannee and Chiefland all had totals of 5 and 6 inches of rain. In Georgia, Midway and Savannah received more than 5 inches of rain. Despite the high rainfall totals, forecasters said that much more rain would be needed to end drought conditions in the region.

Officials reported little to no damage across the states beyond downed trees and some power outages. A synagogue in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was damaged when winds knocked a nearby crane loose, sending it crashing into part of the building.

Peak wind gusts were around 60 miles per hour in both states.

Barry came ashore Saturday morning as a tropical storm near Tampa. It formed Friday, the first day of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed in May off the Carolina coast and was the first named storm of the season.

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