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Florida panhandle to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Gordon

Posted: 2:44 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-04 18:44:16Z
Florida panhandle to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Gordon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott released a statement Tuesday regarding Tropical Storm Gordon, which is forecasted to develop into a hurricane and make landfall along the Mississippi coast Tuesday evening.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there is no part of Florida under a hurricane warning.  However, tropical storm warnings are in effect for all of Escambia County and coastal portions of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. Storm Surge Watches are also in effect for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

According to the National Weather Service, the primary impact for Tropical Storm Gordon to Florida will be heavy rainfall, with potential rain accumulations as high as 6-8 inches in the Western Florida Panhandle. Gusty winds, minor coastal flooding and isolated tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday morning.

“As Tropical Storm Gordon continues to develop and nears landfall, families in the Panhandle need to be prepared. Currently, areas in the Panhandle are forecasted to receive up to eight inches of rain, and isolated tornadoes and flooding are possible. It is critical for everyone to listen to local news reports and weather alerts. We are continuing to support local preparation efforts for this storm and remain in constant communication with officials in the Panhandle. We are now in the peak of hurricane season. It is time to get a disaster plan in place. Stay vigilant and stay safe,” says Governor Scott.

He has received a full update on the storm from the Florida Division of Emergency Management and has been in contact with local officials regarding the storm. He will continue to receive updates on Tropical Storm Gordon as it develops and makes landfall.

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