Tropical storm watch issued for Florida panhandle
The threat will be in the form of high surf and heavy rainfall. Some of that rain will likely affect south Alabama.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for a portion of the Florida panhandle in anticipation of a developing system that is moving through the Gulf of Mexico.
The watch area extends from the Ochlockonee River to the Okaloosa/Walton County line, near Destin. A watch means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 48 hours.
A depression, located a few miles west of Naples, should become a named storm later Saturday, and possibly strengthen into a hurricane, before making landfall early next week. Models indicate it will move ashore in Mississippi or eastern Louisiana.
The threat to the Florida panhandle will be in the form of high surf and heavy rainfall. Some of that rain will likely affect south Alabama.
Additional watches and warnings will likely be issued later Saturday.
The storm would be named either Sally or Teddy. Another system in the Atlantic Ocean is also nearing tropical storm status.
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