CCEMA: Tropical Storm Watch in effect

Published 12:39 pm Sunday, August 15, 2021

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According to the Covington County Emergency Management Agency, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect across the region.

“Potential Tropical Cyclone Fred has become better organized this morning and is likely to re-strengthen into a tropical storm later today.  In addition, the forecast track has shifted east from last night and additional minor shifts eastward will be possible in future forecasts.  A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the western Florida Panhandle and portions of south-central Alabama,” said a statement from the CCEMA.

Potential threats from the storm could include the following:

  • Flash flooding is possible across portions of the western Florida Panhandle into south-central Alabama, especially east of a line from Navarre Beach, Florida to Andalusia and to Luverne, Alabama.
  • Tropical storm force winds are possible beginning Monday evening and continuing Monday night across the watch area.
  • Coastal flooding is likely along coastal areas and bays.
  • High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the coast, especially along the beaches of the western Florida Panhandle, tonight through Monday night.
  • Isolated tornadoes may occur across the western Florida Panhandle and south-central Alabama Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

“Confidence continues to gradually increase regarding the track and intensity of Fred. Although some additional shifts slightly eastward may still occur before making landfall along the northern Gulf Coast,” the statement said.