According to Meteorologist Joe Maniscalco with the National Weather Service in Mobile, areas south of I-10 including Navarre Beach will begin to see copious amounts of rain beginning Monday.
“We watched a cluster of storms pass through your area that has already brought one to two inches of rain, so the soil is already limited in what it can handle,” Maniscalco said.
While the thunderstorms are not predicted to reach the severe level, the rainfall amounts could potentially reach between 10 and 13 inches and locally that total could be higher. “Your area will see upwards of ten to potentially 13 inches of rain from Tuesday through Saturday,” Maniscalco advised.
Ahead of the storm, Gulf Islands National Seashore announced earlier today the closure of park areas in Florida in anticipation of intense rainfall that will cause flooding. Roads throughout the park are still heavily saturated from last week’s rain events, and the forecasted rain amounts will cause roads within the park to become impassable.
According to the press release, the Fort Pickens Area will close to all incoming public use due to predicted heavy rainfall, effective Monday, August 8, at 10:00 pm. A mandatory evacuation of the Fort Pickens campground has begun. In addition to the Fort Pickens Area, the park will close the Perdido Key Area east of the Johnson Beach parking lot this evening. Campers in the primitive camping areas at Perdido Key are also being evacuated.
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials are recommending residents, especially those living in low-lying and flood prone areas, make preparations now for the heavy rain and possible flash flooding.
“Flooding is the leading cause of severe weather related death. ‘Turn around, don’t drown.’ We can’t say it enough,” said Brad Baker, Emergency Management Director.
Public Works staff have been delivering loads of sand to four locations throughout the county. In the south end, residents can pick up sand for sandbags they bring at Tiger Point Park and Leisure Street and Citrus Drive in Holley by the Sea.
Sandbags are available at local hardware and home improvement stores.