Tropical Storm Barry Brings Much Needed Rain To Florida

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Tropical Storm Barry was right on time, making a grand entrance just as the Atlantic Hurricane season got underway.

What was once Tropical Storm Barry was greeted more as a friend than foe, bringing much needed rain to a very parched region. Wildfires have plagued north and central Florida for weeks now.

Dustin Panaccione, Florida resident, says "we can pretty much use all the rain we can get." The heavy rain created some street flooding problems, as well as a major accident on I-4 in Orlando.

Barry also spawned a tornado near Miami, causing damage to some homes and trees. It serves as a reminder that the Atlantic Hurricane season has begun, and residents need to be prepared.

Sandy Hall, Florida resident, says "plan on buying a generator have it in the garage, candles, get the food packed up." On the government level, FEMA's director assures President Bush his agency will be proactive when and wherever disaster strikes.

David Paulison, FEMA Director, says "we have good communications plans in place, prepositioned supplies across the gulf coast up and down the Atlantic, ready to deploy as soon as we do get a hurricane."

Now that Barry has moved north and dissolved into a tropical depression, everyone is basking in the sun again here on the Gulf Coast.

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