TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Storm Sally will strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane prior to making landfall along the northern Gulf Coast.
What You Need To Know
- Gusty squalls will continue on Monday
Sally will continue to move away from the Florida peninsula on Monday but we will continue to have gusty showers and thunderstorms in our area.
Sally will slow down as it nears the northern Gulf Coast Monday and Tuesday.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop and move across our area today. The rain begins this morning in some locations and will increase during the afternoon as we warm to the upper 80s.
Expect more squalls to develop through this evening.
These squalls can contain gusty winds, very heavy rain and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Heavy rain may result in localized flooding, especially in urban and poor drainage areas. Be alert for flooded streets and do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
Boating and Beach Forecast
Boating conditions will remain hazardous Monday. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the offshore waters. A southeast wind is 15 to 20 knots. Seas are 3 to 7 feet. There will be some high wind gusts and isolated waterspouts are possible.
At the beaches, a high surf advisory is in effect Monday morning. There is also a high risk of rip currents at the beaches today.
It is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are several systems to watch.
In addition to Sally, there are three other tropical systems in the Atlantic. Bermuda has been in the eye of Hurricane Paulette. Tropical Storm Teddy and Tropical Depression Rene are in the Atlantic and they are not near the United States.