Increasing winds expected through Monday

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017—The National Weather Service in Mobile is calling for increasing winds across portions of the forecast area.

North winds will increase across the eastern portion of the area by Sunday afternoon in response to Hurricane Irma’s expanding wind field, the NWS said in a 1:18 p.m. hazardous outlook statement.

A wind advisory begins Sunday afternoon for winds of 25-to-35 mph with frequent higher gusts and continues until Monday at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the NWS issued a tropical storm watch for Walton county. At this time,  Okaloosa county is not included in this watch; however, conditions can change quickly.

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area within the next 48 hours.

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The tropical storm watch area includes Walton county. (National Hurricane Center)

Irma, a high-end category three hurricane, is moving west at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph.

A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north-northwest Sunday and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning.

The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon.

Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane, bringing life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center of the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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