The center of Tropical Storm Bonnie is nearing the Panhandle coast, where a tropical storm warning remains posted from Destin eastward to the Suwannee River.
The center of the system is now only about 20 miles southwest of
Apalachicola, Florida. With accelerated movement to the northeast at about 28 miles an hour, the storm is becoming more elongated with most serious precipitation to the east of center.
Top sustained winds are near 50 miles an hour with higher gusts. The National Hurricane Center says the strongest winds are to the southeast of center, extending out about 70 miles.
Forecasters look for storm surge tides of two to five feet above normal. They also call for rainfall amounts of four to six inches, with isolated spots getting even more.
Bonnie centered at latitude 29.5 north, longitude 85.2 west.
August 12th 10:38 AM