UPDATE 6/21 @ 9 A.M.
Tropical Storm Cindy continues to inundate our area with rain. The threat for more heavy rain continues through tomorrow according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Beaman.
The National Hurricane Center has Tropical Storm Cindy currently located 265 miles SSW of Morgan City, Louisiana and 325 miles SE of Galveston, Texas. Current maximum sustained winds are 60 miles per hour. Currently Cindy is moving NW at 8 miles per hour. A turn toward the NNW and then toward the north is expected later today and early Thursday. On the forecast track Cindy will approach the coast of SW Louisiana and SE Texas around midnight.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect from San Luis Pass, Texas to the Alabama-Florida line.
Local rain totals for the past 24 hours are at approximately 5 inches. According to the Weather STEM at Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, winds are out of the east at 28 miles per hour with wind gusts measured at 37 miles per hour.
Double red flags are flying at the beaches today which means the water is CLOSED to swimmers. Knee deep is too deep.
There have been reports of some local roads flooding. If you know of any flooding concerns or impassable roads, please call our office at 939-8040 so we can update.
UPDATE 6/20 @ 2 P.M.
Tropical Storm Cindy forms in the Gulf of Mexico and is located about 265 miles south of Morgan City Louisiana and about 355 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. Maximum sustained winds are 45 m.p.h. and current movement is stationary.
There are currently no tropical storm watches or warnings for our area, however the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for our area. NWS says that Tropical Storm Cindy is producing near continuous rainfall tonight, Wednesday and possibly into late Thursday.
While T.S. Cindy remains stationary it is expected to resume a motion toward the northwest around 10 p.m. tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected early Thursday. Cindy is forecast to make landfall over southwest Louisiana late Wednesday or Wednesday night. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles and are mainly located to the north and east of the center.
We will continue to update you throughout the storm and rain event.
UPDATE 6/20 @ 8:30 A.M.
According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Invest 93L could become a tropical storm later this morning or afternoon.
“The Hurricane Hunters will be going out this morning to investigate it so there is a possibility they will find it has become a tropical storm,” Jason Beaman, meteorologist, said.
The forecast remains the same so far with an expected 4-8 inches of widespread rain, however, the coastal areas, including south Santa Rosa County, could see more than 10 inches of rain.
Tropical Storm Bret, located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, is not a concern at this time.
“Bret is expected to move into hostile atmospheric conditions which will prevent development and it is expected to dissipate,” Beaman said.
At this time, residents living along the coast should expect 4-8 inches of rain and prepare for more than 10 inches.
As a reminder, sandbags are available for purchase at Lowe’s in Gulf Breeze and Ace Hardware in Navarre.
Santa Rosa County is distributing sand at Tiger Point Park and on Leisure Street in Holley by the Sea.
UPDATE 6/19 @ 3 P.M.
Santa Rosa Emergency Management wants residents to be prepared for the amount of rainfall that could potentially fall beginning tomorrow.
“The main point for residents to know is, whether or not this system develops, it looks like it will dump a significant amount of rain in our area,” Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Director, Brad Baker said.
According to Baker, the system will most likely move west northwest toward the Texas Louisiana line, however, the rain is located to the east of the center of circulation.
Our area has seen rainfall totals well above normal this year and the ground is already saturated.
“We are expecting 4-6 inches of rainfall and some areas could receive 10-12 inches,” Baker said.
The county is distributing sand at Tiger Point Park and on Leisure Street in Holley by the Sea, however, you must bring sandbags. Sand bags can be purchased at Lowe’s in Gulf Breeze. Ace Hardware in Navarre will have sandbags available tomorrow.
UPDATE 6/19 AT 10:45 A.M.
The National Weather Service says confidence is increasing that locally heavy rainfall and possibly localized flooding will impact our area Tuesday through Thursday, especially near the coast. The latest forecast generally calls for 2 to 4 inches of rain with localized higher amounts possible south of a line from Wiggins, Mississippi to Crestview, Florida Tuesday through Thursday, where an elevated risk of flooding has been indicated. A limited risk of flooding has been indicated north of this line, where 1 to 2 inches of rain with locally higher amounts are generally forecast. Continue to closely monitor the latest forecasts for possible adjustments.
Our area is located within the Elevated Threat Area.
6/18/17 @ 6 p.m.
Invest 93L, a broad area of low pressure located south of the Yucatan Peninsula, is starting to get its act together, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Cody Lindsey, meteorologist, says there is a 90 percent chance it will develop into a tropical system over the next 24 hours. And as of right now, it is too early to determine where it will go.
“The track and intensity are highly uncertain to us right now. There are several different scenarios,” said Lindsey. “The question is where will the center of the low pressure system be when it forms.”
The storm is expected to move in a north westerly direction over the next 24 hours. Over the next 48 hours meteorologists will be watching a high pressure system extending into southern Texas and a low pressure system over the north eastern Gulf of Mexico. The timing of those systems could determine where Invest 93L goes.
The National Hurricane Center is sending an aircraft to the region to investigate the system tomorrow.
“Our main message right now is to keep an eye on the forecast over the next 48 hours. In any event, the Florida panhandle will see tropical moisture surging into our beginning Tuesday and on into Wednesday Thursday. You can expect heavy rainfall.”
Lindsey also expects high surf and rip currents to affect our area as early as tomorrow night.
Navarre Press is monitoring the situation and is in touch with the National Weather Service in Mobile. Updates will be made as are warranted.