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Wednesday Morning Hurricane Sally Update

Hurricane Sally is bringing heavy rains and a threat of severe weather to Northwest Florida
Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 1:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:07 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) - Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama as Category 2 hurricane this morning.

Tropical Storm Warnings are posted for most of NWFL, from coastal Apalachicola Bay on west toward Pensacola, including the waters of Franklin County and St. George Island. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pensacola to Navarre. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Franklin County coastline to five miles inland. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm force conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hrs. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm force conditions are possible within the watch area within 12-24 hours.

A tornado watch has been issued for all of NWFL until 6:00 p.m. CDT. We have seen multiple tornado warnings in Sally’s outer bands and the threat will continue throughout the afternoon.

Heavy rains continue to be the main threat for NWFL with tropical storm force winds becoming a higher threat as well. Bands from Sally will likely set up over the Panhandle and could lead toward storms training over the same locations developing the risk of flash flooding through Wednesday, with the higher amounts more likely for Today and Wednesday. While difficult to exactly predict where these bands may set up over the next couple days, the general consensus is a storm total from Monday through Wednesday of 8-15″ for the coast, to 4-7″ inland.

So to recap our impacts...

1. Rainfall from Monday through the end of Wednesday (8-15″ coast & 4-7″ inland)

2. Storm Surge ( 2-4′ in the Choctawhatchee Bay, 1-3′ in St. Andrews Bay)

3. Isolated Tornadoes possible

4. Winds: 20-30mph sustained, higher speeds on the immediate beaches/coast....GUSTS of up to 50 mph possible on the immediate coast and especially west of Hwy331 or in some of the stronger bands

Click below the photo gallery to watch our Facebook Live from Monday morning at the coast and our Tropical Storm Sally update...

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