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Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Warnings in effect for the FL Panhandle and Big Bend Region
As of late Sunday night, Tropical Storm Fred located about 200 miles south of Panama City FL, moving to the north-northwest at 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 50 mph. Fred continues to strengthen slowly.
Fred will make its presence felt along much of the FL Panhandle and Big Bend coasts today. Tropical storm conditions are likely with strong winds, heavy rain (6 or more inches) and storm surge.
While heavy rains and associated Flash Flooding will be the primary impact of Fred, Storm Surge along the Big Bend Coast will run 3-5 feet. Additionally, there is a 10-20% chance of sustained winds reaching 60 mph over the eastern FL Panhandle, mainly near the coast. As is usual for these weaker systems, virtually all the impacts will be felt to the east of where the storm makes landfall. The center of Fred will likely make landfall late Monday evening on the western FL Panhandle.
By early next week, Fred’s heavy rains will likely spread northward into the Southeast, Southern and Central Appalachians, and the Piedmont region. Rainfall amounts could exceed 4-6 inches in parts of northern GA, upstate SC and western NC.
As always, please follow the advice and directions of your local Emergency Managers. Please pay attention to the forecasts, either from the National Hurricane Center, local TV weather forecasters, or reputable, established weather websites.
Tropical Depression Grace is not an immediate threat to the U.S.