This information is being provided by Walton County from information received from the National Weather Service. Some changes have been made to their release as to directly reflect the potential impact to Walton County.
A strong and large low pressure system over the plains will bring multiple hazards to the Gulf Coast in the near term. An increase in southerly winds today with frequent gusts between 25 to possibly up to 35 mph at times is forecast.
Strong onshore flow and an increase in long period swell into the beaches will cause rip current activity to increase to high levels today.
Later today, the risk of severe weather begins to increase.
The risk for severe weather expands east after midnight along and southeast of the I-65 corridor and continues through early Tuesday morning. Tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail all remain possible.
Due to excessive rains this past month over the central Gulf Coast and rain soaked ground conditions, heavy rainfall rates from this storm event increases the potential for runoff and flash flooding.
The severe weather risk continues on Tuesday across the entire region with the threat shifting east of I-65 Tuesday evening. All modes of severe weather remain possible.
Heavy rain and flooding is a high concern as well. Widespread storm total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches are expected through Tuesday evening. Totals could be easily doubled if strong storms repeatedly move over the same areas.
Given the recent heavy rainfall the area has experienced, this additional rain will be sufficient to produce potential flooding issues and river stage rises.
At your service,
Louis E. Svehla
Public Information Manager
Walton Board of County Commissioners