Gulf Coast Preparing For Weekend Storm, Potential Flooding
By Staff Report, The Destin Log, May 24, 2018
Local emergency management officials in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties are monitoring Invest 90L, a storm system currently situated over the Yucatan Peninsula.
The system has a 90 percent chance at development into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. But regardless of formation, forecasters say the storm is expected to dump between 4 to 7 inches of rain, with potentially 9 to 12 inches in some places, over Northwest Florida from late Saturday into Tuesday.
According to the latest update from the NHC, a subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Though its exact path isn’t 100 percent clear, storm models continually put its landfall somewhere between Panama City Beach and Mobile.
The threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the Gulf coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over the Memorial Day weekend, the NHC reports.