Gulf storm moving away from Florida

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The Gulf storm is tracking northwest toward the Texas/Louisiana state line. (image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., June 20, 2017 (as of 8 a.m. EDT)–Rain in the Holt area will continue through Thursday as the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico slowly makes its way away from Florida.

Okaloosa County is under a flash flood watch through Thursday evening, due to rains associated with the storm.

Rain totals of 4-to-8 inches with isolated areas of greater than 10 inches will be possible through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Although the Gulf system has not yet been classified as a tropical storm, watches and warnings have been issued for the Louisiana Gulf coast and areas just east of Houston on the Texas coast.

This storm system is expected to “gradually become better organized over the central Gulf of Mexico,” according to a hurricane center statement. “Heavy rainfall is expected across portions of the central and eastern Gulf coast.”

The system is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph.

“This general motion should continue through Wednesday, with a turn toward the north expected Wednesday night or Thursday,” according to the statement. “The disturbance is expected to be near the Louisiana coast late Wednesday or Wednesday night.”

Satellite imagery shows that the center of the disturbance is gradually becoming better defined, and it is likely that the system will become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today, according to the National Hurricane Center

Meanwhile, the Atlantic system became a named tropical storm yesterday.

Tropical Storm Bret is moving west-northwest at 21 mph near the Venezuela coast. Wind speeds are at 46 mph with higher gusts.

“A weakening trend is expected to begin later today and Bret is forecast to
become a tropical depression on Wednesday,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Stephanie Holcombe

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