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Brace for wind and rain as nameless storm nears coast

| Wendy Victora Rudman

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.

As surf dialed up on Navarre Beach Friday, surfers like Aaron Clay from south Mississippi rode the waves. Photo by Melinda Parnell