5:14 p.m. ET 6/1/07
The Weather Channel
Severe Weather Outlook
The Atlantic hurricane season has begun with a big bang with Tropical Storm Barry forming in the southeast Gulf of Mexico. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with higher gusts. Heavy rain has already invaded the Florida Peninsula and rain will continue working its way northward tonight. Some areas may see 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts some low lying areas may see some flooding. All in all the rain is very good news for the Florida Peninsula, however. Some isolated tornadoes and waterspouts are possible around the Florida peninsula, however.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the western coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to Keaton Beach. A tropical storm watch is in effect from north of Keaton Beach to St. Marks. Marine interests in the eastern Gulf should keep track of the progress of Barry as wind gusts may exceed 60 mph in some locations.
About 140 miles southwest of the Mexico-Guatemala border is Tropical Storm Barbara in the eastern Pacific. Barbara is back to tropical storm strength and still heading eastward. Barbara will soon turn northward toward the Mexico-Guatemala border. A tropical storm warning has been issued from Barra De Tonala, Mexico, to Sipacate, Guatemala. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Barra De Tonala to Salina Cruz.