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by The Press and Standard | August 31, 2016 11:23 am
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the United States Atlantic coast from Marineland Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the United States Atlantic coast from Marineland Florida to Altamaha Sound Georgia.
At 10 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 24.6 North, longitude 88.0 West. The depression is currently nearly stationary. A north-northeastward motion is expected to begin later today, and a turn toward the northeast with increasing forward speed is expected on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone will approach the northwest Florida coast in the warning area on Thursday afternoon.
WINDS: Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today, and it could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb (29.56 inches).
RAINFALL: The depression is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over western Cuba through today, with maximum storm total amounts up to 20 inches. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Storm total rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible over portions of central and northern Florida through Friday, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. Coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas are expected to receive storm total rainfall of 4 to 7 inches, with local amounts of 10 inches possible through Saturday morning. These rains may cause flooding and flash flooding.