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The precursor tropical wave to Barry dropped widespread rainfall in western Cuba, but no damage was reported. Offshore, high seas sank a Cuban refugee boat, drowning 6 of its 28 passengers.[1]
Three people in Florida were killed by the storm, and total damage is estimated at around 30 million (2001 USD).[19] In southern Florida, the precursor to Barry produced 3 in (75 mm) to 8 in (200 mm), withrainfall peaking at 13 in (330 mm). The rain helped relieve persistent drought conditions;[1] however, it caused significant flooding in Martin County on August 2, where a total of 300 homes received water damage. About 63 structures and 6 mobile homes in the county sustained major damage.[20] In the Treasure Coast, catfish reportedly swam through flooded streets.[21] Winds downed a 60 ft (18 m)radio tower, striking a house.[22]
Due to the initial slow movement of the storm, outer rainbands began affecting the Florida Panhandle on August 4, with the heaviest rainfall observed on August 5–6. The storm dropped 5 in (125 mm) to 9 in (225 mm); the highest official report was 8.9 in (230 mm) at Tallahassee, though unofficial reports ranged as high as 11 in (175 mm).[1] The rainfall inundatedseveral structures in Bay County due to roof damage. Flooding occurred in Leon County and parts of Apalachicola National Forest, where torrential rains flowed into the Cascade Lakes, Lake Bradford and Munson Slough; the Munson Slough rose to its highest level since 1994. Numerous county and secondary roads were closed by floodwater in Walton, Washington, and Bay counties,[19] as well as in theTallahassee area.[23] In and around Tallahassee, 100 vehicles were stalled by flood waters and towed, while four residents of an apartment complex on Allen Road were forced to evacuate due to rising waters.[24] Sporadic flooding also occurred in Franklin County and Wakulla County.[25] An indirect death occurred from a traffic accident due to heavy rain in Jackson County.[1]
Wind gusts peaked at 79mph (127 km/h) at the Eglin Air Force Base Range Station C-72.[1] Light to moderate winds were widespread, causing damage throughout Walton, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf and Okaloosa counties.[26] Trees were downed or damaged, and several structures suffered light wind damage.[27] Window damage was reported at a high-rise condominium building in Destin, while nearby, the Mid-Bay Bridge wasclosed due to high winds.[28] The Freeport Elementary School in Walton County sustained minor roof damage.[23][29] Storm surge was generally light, ranging from 2 ft (60 cm) to 3 ft (90 cm), with only minor beach erosion as a result.[26] As a tropical system, Barry spawned a few weak tornadoes that caused minor damage. In an outer rain band, a lightning strike in Jacksonville killed one person. Anotherdeath is blamed on a rip current off of Sanibel Island.[1] In total, the storm left 34,000 customers in the state without power.[28]
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Tropical Storm Barry dropped light to moderate rainfall across Alabama, peaking at 4.57 in (116 mm) near the town of Evergreen.[30] About 2 in (50 mm) fell over the state's peanut-growing region, helping to alleviate drought conditions.[31] Heavyshowers were also reported in the Birmingham area.[32] Despite moderate rainfall totals inland, coastal locations received very little precipitation.[33] Minor street flooding occurred in Geneva, Enterprise and New Brockton.[34] Wind gusts peaked at 39 mph (63 km/h) at Montgomery,[35] although damage was light, mostly from downed trees. Damage to awnings and small structures was reported inFlorala.[36] Barry's remnants produced light rainfall across Mississippi and Georgia, though no damage was reported. As the storm continued to track inland, it dropped up to 3 in (75 mm) of rain throughout Arkansas, Missouri and western Tennessee.[11]

In advance of the storm, the National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm watches and warnings for much of the U.S. Gulf Coast. They were upgraded...
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