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Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say.

Carrying "off the chart" amounts of moisture, sprawling Tropical Storm Barry crawled slowly toward shore on Saturday, knocking out power on the Gulf Coast and threatening millions with heavy rains.


Hurricane Wire is a pop-up newsletter during hurricane season that delivers anyone who lives on the East Coast all the information they need to know as storms brew in the Atlantic and beyond.

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This section provides a curated collection of everything you need to know about impending storms during hurricane season, which runs from June through November.

Updated daily, this guide will give you tips to get organized before a storm hits and what to do if a storm watch or warning is isused.

If a tropical storm or hurricane lands near Charleston or South Carolina, this section will offer answers to questions on emergency kits, evacuation routes, storm shelters and more.

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