Tornado watch, flood warning for Okaloosa County

flood threat

Flood threat for Okaloosa County is significant with minor-to-moderate flooding along rivers and creeks possible. (graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service Mobile)

HOLT, Fla., June 20, 2017–A tornado watch for Okaloosa County is in effect until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has included Santa Rosa, Walton and Escambia counties in this watch.

Recent wet ground conditions, elevated creek and stream flow conditions and Tropical Storm Cindy will bring periods of very heavy to torrential rainfall to the region tonight through late Thursday.

Widespread rain totals of 5-to-10 inches with isolated 10-to-15-inch areas will be possible. These rains have caused significant rises along the river.

Because of this, the National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a flood warning for the Big Coldwater Creek near Milton.

A flood warning has been extended from Thursday until Saturday afternoon.

At 9 p.m. tonight, the flood stage was 4.9 feet. To date no flooding is occurring; however, minor flooding is forecast.

Flood stage is 10 feet. Forecast is to rise above flood stage by Thursday evening and continue to rise near 10.9 feet by Friday early afternoon.

The river is expected to fall below flood stage by Saturday.

At 10 feet, flooding of lowlands and some fish camps will occur as the creek rises above 10 feet.

National Weather Service Mobile

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