Tropical Storm Sally: Possible Threat to Northern Gulf Coast

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As hurricane season is still in full swing, tropical depression 19 has developed into Tropical Storm Sally.  This system has the potential to develop into a Hurricane.  Impacts on our listening areas are yet to be determined at this time.  There will be more information to develop as the system gains strength.

At the time of this story:

  • Sally has reached the southeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The tropical storm is expected to head towards the northern Gulf Coast as it moves northwestward.
  • There are many variables with the tropical storms. As of right now, the expectation is that Sally could arrive to the northern Gulf Coast early next week.
  • According to the Weather Channel, “much of Florida, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and southern Louisiana should expect 1-3 inches of rainfall through Wednesday. “
  • There is a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Ochlockonee River to Okaloosa/Walton County Line.  This means circumstances are favorable for tropical storm conditions within the next 48 hours.
  • There is a flood watch in effect for Florida’s West Coast and South Florida.
  • Sally is shaping up to be a slow-moving system.
  • According to the Weather Channel, “Sally is the earliest "S" storm to form during a season on record, beating 2005's Stan by 3 weeks.”

We will continue to monitor the tropics and bring you updates. – Mary K – weather forecaster.

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