TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Storm Sally is moving slowly along the coast of Southwest Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. Sally is not well organized at this time but should gain strength over the Gulf waters.
Computer models give it about a 10% chance of rapid intensification.
What You Need To Know
- A flood watch is in effect for parts of the area
- Gusty squalls rotating through
- Dangerous marine conditions on Sunday
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As Sally moves by to the west of the Tampa Bay area tonight and Sunday, most of the heavy rain will be along the coast or just offshore. A Flood Watch continues for our entire area. There will be a high risk of rip currents developing on the beaches through tomorrow.
A couple of tornadoes can’t be ruled out overnight or on Sunday morning.
Sally will be moving very slowly as it approaches the coast of the southeast US. The moisture will remain over us giving us high rain chances into Monday and Tuesday.
Sally could be a big rain maker along the coast from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and Alabama. Rainfall of 10-18 inches is possible along the mid-Gulf Coast.
Do not drive through flooded roadways.
Over the Tropical Atlantic, the wave we’ve been watching come off of Africa has become Tropical Depression 20.
Models strengthen it to a hurricane over the coming days but turn it to the north.
High rain chances will stick around through early next week before somewhat drier weather arrives.
Boating conditions may be hazardous at times over the weekend as Tropical Storm Sally tracks off our coast.
A tropical storm watch is in place for the Gulf waters.
During this period, expect showers and storms to ramp up as the storms move offshore. Winds will also ramp up.
Boaters should be aware of storms and wind this weekend, some of which could be on the stronger side. Storms can produce gusty winds, choppy seas, very heavy rain, and lightning.
Seas may build to 6-12 feet for the outer waters on Sunday.
It is the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and there are several systems to watch.
There are two tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean, Paulette and Rene. They are not near the United States. There is Tropical Storm Sally just off the Southwest Florida coastline.