Disturbance in Gulf expected to develop into tropical/subtropical storm

Published 11:42 am Thursday, October 17, 2019

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A disturbance over southwestern Gulf of Mexico is expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm later today or tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Baldwin central; Escambia coastal and inland; Mobile central and coastal; Okaloosa coastal and inland and Santa Rosa coastal and inland counties.

The storm is approximately 770 miles southwest of Pensacola, Fla. or about 790 miles southwest of Destin, Fla. The storm’s intensity is 35 miles per hour, and is moving north at 8 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

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Report via NWS:

By Friday, a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for tropical development, will bring the potential for heavy rainfall to portions of the Gulf Coast states into the weekend. The heaviest precipitation should focus along and north of a nearly stationary boundary draped along the coast. Refer to NHC for the latest information regarding development potential for this system.