• Tropical Storm Barry strengthens, expected to be hurricane by landfall

    By: Garrett Bedenbaugh , Action News Jax

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    Tropical Storm Barry has strengthened as of the 11 a.m. update. 

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    • Max sustained winds now at 65 mph.
    • Forecast to be a hurricane at landfall again on Saturday morning.
    • Reports from Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.  
    • Additional strengthening is forecast before landfall, and Barry is expected to be a hurricane when the center reaches the Louisiana coast.  
    • Weakening is expected after Barry moves inland.
    • Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km) from the center.  
    • The NOAA automated station at the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River recently reported sustained winds of 54 mph and a wind gust of 60 mph at an elevation of 125 ft.
    • The minimum central pressure based on aircraft and surface observations is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

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