Strong to severe storms likely tonight

image1HOLT, Fla., April 14, 2018–Potentially severe weather is in the forecast today beginning with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Additionally, the entire forecast area is under a wind advisory beginning at 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday for expected 15-to-20 mph winds with gusts up to 30 mph or higher.

An organized line of showers and thunderstorms is forecast to spread eastward to this area between 7 p.m. tonight and 1 a.m. tomorrow morning.

image4Some storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall; however, areas west toward Mobile and into southeast Mississippi could expect an enhanced risk of damaging straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph and a few tornadoes, according to the NWS.

The slow-moving line of showers and thunderstorms will bring an increased risk of flooding in urban and low-lying areas today and tonight.

image3Santa Rosa County could receive 2-to-4 inches of rain and has been included in a flash flood watch.

Chance of rain here increases to 100 percent during nighttime hours with storms producing heavy rainfall in the amounts of 1-to-2 inches. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

This system is expected to push out of the forecast area between 1 and 2 a.m., according to the NWS.

For Sunday, there’s a 40 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m. The day will start off cloudy, then gradually become mostly sunny with a high near 67 degrees.

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