Tropical Storm Fred’s track has nudged to the east overnight, which means landfall is likely between Panama City and Walton County. That track, if it holds true throughout Monday, reduces impacts in Santa Rosa County.
The eastern portion of south Santa Rosa County remains under a tropical storm warning, which means tropical storm conditions are expected in this area beginning in the late morning.
The warning ends at Navarre. The western portion is excluded from the watch or warning area as of the 10 p.m. Sunday update.
A storm surge of 1-3 feet is possible along the coastline.
Tropical storm force winds extend close to 100 miles from the center of Fred.
Schools in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties are closed today out of an abundance of caution, according to district officials.
The Navarre Beach Fishing Pier will remain open for as long as conditions allow. Some preparations have been made, including moving the portable restroom.
Double red flags were flying on Navarre Beach as of 5 p.m. Sunday. Stay out of the water.
Gulf Islands National Seashore has closed the Okaloosa Area, Opal Beach Complex and Highway 399 in addition to the Fort Pickens Area.
The Holley by the Sea Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. Monday and reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Grace is right behind Fred, but appears to be tracking well south of the Panhandle.