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Tropical Storm Barry: Blue Angels air show in Pensacola still on…for now

The Blue Angels are practicing for this weekend’s Pensacola Air Show but those plans could be derailed by Tropical Storm Barry.

The Blue Angels announced plans for this weekend’s Pensacola Air Show continue, despite Tropical Storm Barry looming off the Gulf Coast.

“Lots of rumors out there swirling around but as of right now, we are still planning to perform this weekend,” the Blue Angels said, adding those plans are only for the Navy demonstration team and not other air show participants.

In order to fly, the Angels said winds must be under 25 knots – or 28.76 mph – with visibility of at least 3 nautical miles.

“The show may go on as planned but if the above criteria are not met, we cannot fly,” the Blue Angels said. “This is for the safety of the pilots and the spectators.”

If air show organizers cancel the event, Blue Angels cannot fly because show officials hold the Temporary Flight Restriction permit that clears the area of other aircraft.

Practice for the air show is currently under way over Pensacola Beach. The show is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m.

Any cancellations will be announced on the Blue Angel’s social media channels.

The National Hurricane Center expects Barry to strengthen and become a minimal hurricane before making landfall Saturday in central Louisiana. It is currently located about 95 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was moving west at 5 mph with winds at 40 mph.