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Hazardous Weather Dec. 1

By: associated press
By: associated press

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
553 AM EST TUE DEC 1 2009

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GMZ730-750-755-765-770-775-021100-
COFFEE-DALE-HENRY-GENEVA-HOUSTON-INLAND WALTON-COASTAL WALTON-
HOLMES-WASHINGTON-JACKSON-BAY-CALHOUN-GULF-FRANKLIN-GADSDEN-LEON-
JEFFERSON-MADISON-LIBERTY-WAKULLA-TAYLOR-LAFAYETTE-DIXIE-QUITMAN-
CLAY-RANDOLPH-TERRELL-DOUGHERTY-LEE-WORTH-TURNER-TIFT-BEN HILL-
IRWIN-EARLY-MILLER-BAKER-MITCHELL-COLQUITT-COOK-BERRIEN-SEMINOLE-
DECATUR-GRADY-THOMAS-BROOKS-LOWNDES-LANIER-
APALACHEE BAY OR COASTAL WATERS FROM KEATON BEACH TO OCHLOCKONEE
RIVER FL OUT TO 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN FL OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM OCHLOCKONEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA FL OUT TO
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO KEATON BEACH OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
553 AM EST TUE DEC 1 2009 /453 AM CST TUE DEC 1 2009/
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN GULF
OF MEXICO LATER TODAY. THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK
NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE CENTRAL GULF STATES AND BEGIN TO SPREAD
AN AREA OF RAIN OVER OUR REGION LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
AS A WARM FRONTAL BOUNDARY LIFTS NORTHWARD ACROSS THE REGION
TONIGHT...THE POTENTIAL WILL INCREASE FOR SEVERE WEATHER ALONG THE
FLORIDA PANHANDLE COAST AND POSSIBLY SPREADING INTO EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA. THE PREDOMINANT THREAT WITH ANY STORMS
MOVING ASHORE WILL BE ISOLATED TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WINDS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY...

THIS SAME STORM SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE REGION ON
WEDNESDAY. A SWATH OF VERY HEAVY RAIN IS ANTICIPATED WITH THIS
SYSTEM. RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT COULD REACH 6 OR
MORE INCHES IN SOME AREAS AND AS A RESULT A FLASH FLOOD WATCH HAS
BEEN ISSUED FOR A LARGE PORTION OF THE REGION. IN ADDITION VERY
STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE COASTAL WATERS
BEGINNING EARLY WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY. AS A
RESULT A GALE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THIS TIME PERIOD. THESE
WINDS WILL CREATE VERY HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS...AS WELL AS
THE POSSIBILITY OF HIGH SURF...LIFE THREATENING RIP CURRENTS...BEACH
EROSION...AND COASTAL FLOODING.

BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK OF THE STORM...STORM TIDES
OF 4 TO 7 FEET ARE EXPECTED FROM WAKULLA COUNTY EASTWARD DURING
THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE BOTH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND WEDNESDAY
NIGHT. STORM TIDES OF 3 TO 4 FEET WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM FRANKLIN
COUNTY WESTWARD. WHILE STORM TIDES MAY NOT BE AS HIGH ALONG THE
PANHANDLE COASTLINE...LARGE AND BATTERING SURF IS EXPECTED...WHICH
MAY RESULT IN BEACH EROSION AND WASH OUT VULNERABLE COASTAL
ROADWAYS.

AS THE LOW PRESSURE AREA APPROACHES AND THEN MOVES NORTH OF THE
FORECAST AREA ON WEDNESDAY...A MODESTLY UNSTABLE AIR MASS IS
ANTICIPATED TO MOVE INLAND. THIS INSTABILITY WILL COMBINE WITH
STRONG WIND SHEAR TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SQUALL LINE OF
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE
WINDS...LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL ALL BE POSSIBLE
WITH THIS SCENARIO. THIS SQUALL LINE SHOULD EXIT EAST OF THE
REGION DURING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED LATE TONIGHT AND
CONTINUING INTO WEDNESDAY.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET AT WEATHER.GOV...THEN CLICK ON YOUR AREA
OF INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL MAP.


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