HOLT, Fla., Oct. 17, 2019—This area is under a tropical storm warning as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 makes its way toward the northern Gulf coast.
According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, this system will have relatively limited impacts to this area.
Rain from PTC16 will start to impact the coastal areas as early as Friday morning, according to the NWS, with gusts to tropical storm force Friday afternoon and evening.
Based on the system’s current path, gusty winds will be felt across the coastal counties.
For now, forecast maximum sustained winds are expected to reach 50 mph before gradual weakening of the system.
According to the NHC, it’s likely a low-pressure area with gale-force winds and some tropical storm characteristics will move northeastward and affect portions of the northern Gulf coast during the next 36-to-48 hours.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued from the Louisiana-Alabama state line to the mouth of the Ochlockonee River south-southwest of Tallahassee.
While gradual strengthening is forecast, the NHC does not expect the low to develop into a classical tropical system.
The north-central and northeastern Gulf coast areas can expect strong winds and locally heavy rains Friday and Saturday.
According to the NHC, the earliest this area can expect tropical-storm-force winds is sometime Friday evening.