Heavy rain expected today

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This area could receive up to 3.5 inches of rain today. (National Weather Service)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 1, 2018–Rain is forecast across the panhandle of Florida and up into Alabama through the week.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to move through the area today.

Some of the stronger thunderstorms could have frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty straight-line winds possibly up to 40 mph.

Other than gusty winds and lightning, severe weather such as tornadoes is not in the forecast.

According to the NWS, Okaloosa County and into Covington County, Ala., is expected to receive the highest rainfall totals today through tonight between 3 to 3.5 inches.

The Tallahassee forecast area is expecting 3-to-5 inches with up to 8 inches possible in isolated areas.

Repeated storms with heavy rainfall will affect the area through the rest of the week.

Rainfall amounts during the week of 2-to-5 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Thursday evening.

High temperature for today will be about 5-to-10 degrees below seasonal norms with a high of 80 today and the mid-80s for the rest of the week.

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