UPDATE: Tropical Storm Sally forms over South Florida.
WIND: Wind gusts to tropical-storm force are possible across the southern portion of the Florida peninsula today, especially over the Florida Keys. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in the Florida Panhandle by Sunday night.
RAINFALL: Sally is expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with isolated 8 inch amounts over the Florida Keys through tonight with 2 to 4 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches across southern Florida and the western Florida coast to the Tampa
Bay metro area. This rainfall will produce flash and urban flooding across southern Florida and prolong high flows and ongoing minor flooding on rivers across Central Florida.
Sally is expected to produce through Tuesday rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with localized amounts of 8 inches along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Peninsula to southeast Louisiana and 2 to 4 inches farther inland over far southern Alabama, Mississippi and southeast
Louisiana. This is expected to be a slow-moving system that will likely continue to produce heavy rainfall and considerable flooding near the central Gulf Coast through the middle of next week. Flash, urban and rapid onset flooding along small streams and minor to
isolated moderate flooding on rivers is likely.
SURF: Swells are expected to spread northward along the west-central coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
TORNADOES: A tornado or two is possible today and tonight over southern Florida.
ORIGINAL POST: Tropical Depression Nineteen has formed over the Bahamas placing South Florida under a Tropical Storm Watch. NOTE: That’s different than a Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning indicates we will get Tropical Storm Force winds within hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means we may experience Tropical Storm Force winds should the storm strengthen faster than expected.
Tropical Storm conditions are possible tonight. We may also experience flooding as the systems crosses South Florida.