TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR COASTAL AREAS
TROPICAL STORM WARNING… Tropical storm force winds are likely at our local Alabama and northwest Florida beaches Sunday into early next week as Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches from the south. A tropical storm warning is now in effect from the Alabama/Mississippi border eastward to the Aucilla River near Tallahassee.
ALABAMA – T.S. WARNING… The southern half of Mobile and Baldwin counties are now under a tropical storm warning, meaning winds could gust in excess of 39mph within the next 24 hours and throughout the duration of the passage of Alberto. Basically, communities along and south of I-10 are included. Downtown Mobile, Midtown Mobile, Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, Fowl River, Theodore, West Mobile, Union Chapel, Coden, Alabama Port, Navco, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Loxley, Elberta, Seminole, Magnolia Springs, Montrose, Point Clear, Summerdale, Robertsdale, Foley, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and surrounding areas are included in the newly issued tropical storm warning.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA – T.S. WARNING… The entirety of Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties are included in the newly issued tropical storm warning. Winds could gust to over tropical storm force (39+ mph) over the next few days as we endure the effects of Alberto. The following communities and surrounding areas are included: Pensacola, Milton, Pace, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Crestview, Gulf Breeze, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, NAS Pensacola, Century, Jay, Walnut Hill, Bratt, Molino, Chumuckla, Whiting Field, Munson, Berrydale, Fidelis, Holt, Laurel Hill, and Eglin AFB.
FLORIDA PANHANDLE – T.S. WARNING… The southern half of Walton County, along with the entirety of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties are also involved in a tropical storm warning. This includes places like Miramar Beach, Seaside, Panama City, Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, and Apalachicola. We also note that an inland tropical storm watch has been issued for all of Calhoun (FL), Washington (FL), and Holmes counties.
HEAVY RAIN THREAT… The wind threat will likely end up being a lesser problem compared to flash flooding and heavy rain over the next few days. 6-12″ of rain is expected, and we continue to have a rare, extreme risk of flash flooding for much of SW Alabama and NW Florida.
My next update will be a live video update a bit later this evening. See you then!