Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

Brace for wind and rain as nameless storm nears coast

As Potential Tropical Cyclone Three nears the Gulf Coast, the chances of it becoming a named tropical storm diminish. According to local officials, the weather mass has the wind speed consistent with a tropical storm, but still lacks a defined center.

It will still have powerful local impacts though, primarily in terms of heavy rainfall, flash flooding and strong local wind gusts. The Gulf of Mexico remains closed to beachgoers with high surf and rip currents. Tattered double red flags flew Friday, as surfers ventured out to ride the waves.

The worst of the weather is expected overnight from Friday into Saturday.

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Warning to Navarre beachgoers: We will not be lenient

With a developing tropical system stirring things up in the Gulf of Mexico, Navarre Beach Safety officials are expecting dangerous conditions to impact the area.

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh said double red flags will be flying and his staff "will not be lenient." Conditions will be "extremely dangerous," he said with major rip currents.

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