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North Florida in for a soaking as Tropical Storm Sally treks through the Gulf

Tallahassee Democrat

体育投注betAs Tropical Storm Sally treks toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico, north Florida looks like it's in for a multi-day deluge.

"Tomorrow into midweek several rounds of heavy rainfall will be possible across the Florida Panhandle and western Big Bend as a series of rain bands are expected to rotate across the area," the Saturday afternoon National Weather Service forecast states.

体育投注betThe storm will move very slowly and is forecast to be a hurricane as it makes a landfall near the Louisiana and Mississippi state line.

体育投注betMeanwhile, the Panhandle and Big Bend can expect days of rain. Forecasters warned that while the heaviest rains are likely to remain offshore, even slight shifts could lead to higher totals.

"Current forecast has rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches possible across the Florida Panhandle and western Big Bend through Thursday, with locally higher amounts possible if the heavier rain bands are able to move ashore," forecaster said adding that most of the impacts will occur between the Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night timeframe.

The five day rainfall forecast shows the Gulf Coast getting soaked.

While Leon County is just outside the boundary, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty, Gulf and Calhoun counties as well as Panhandle counties to the west. 

Forecasters said tropical storm force winds will likely remain offshore, but the potential for a few tornadoes can't be ruled out.

Minor storm surge of 2 to 3 feet is possible for Apalachee Bay from the Aucilla River west to Mexico Beach. Surge of 1 to 2 feet will be possible elsewhere along the coast.

By 2 p.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Sally had formed southeast of Naples.