Tropical Storm Sally has been upgraded to a hurricane.
That change has put the coast of Mississippi and Alabama under a hurricane warning as well as the coast of Florida all the way to Navarre.
The storm is set to make landfall Tuesday and Northwest Florida will feel the effects of it. According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, conditions will continue to deteriorate into Monday night.
The cone of uncertainty technically includes Northwest Florida, according to the last update from the National Hurricane Center. However, the impact to this area isn’t expected to change based on the latest track.
Heavy rainfall, storm surge and tropical-force winds are expected along the coast of Northwest Florida.
Gusts of between 20-40 miles per hour are expected. Those gusts could increase to 40-50 miles per hour if the storm track shifts further eastward.
The storm surge could be up to four feet in Pensacola while areas east of Pensacola could see a storm surge of up to three feet.
The bulk of the heavy rain will hit Tuesday. Between six to eight inches of precipitation expected in Navarre. Pensacola could see between 10-15 inches of rain in some areas.
“It’s all contingent on the track of the storm,” said Michael Mugrade with the NWS in Mobile. “We are continuing to monitor any changes in track or in intensity.”
Santa Rosa County Public Safety Director Brad Baker warns that residents should take precautions ahead of the storm, especially in low-lying areas.
“We are looking at significant, potentially historic flooding due to the slow moving nature of Hurricane Sally,” Baker said. “Residents of low-lying areas, especially around Pond Creek, Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek and Yellow River need to follow their disaster plans and make arrangements to higher ground.”
Baker added that the storm surge shouldn’t hit any higher than 5 feet. And that there is a low probability of hurricane force winds in this area.
Still, Baker warns that additional shifts of the storm are possible. The next update is slated for 6 p.m. The Citizens Information Line is open at 850-983-4336 for questions.