Local Statement for Sixteen (Mobile, AL / Pensacola, FL)

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Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen Local Statement Advisory Number 1
National Weather Service Mobile AL  AL162019
1116 AM CDT Thu Oct 17 2019

This product covers portions of southwest Alabama...northwest Florida...south 
central Alabama...and inland southeast Mississippi.

**DISTURBANCE OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO EXPECTED TO DEVELOP
INTO A TROPICAL OR SUBTROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT** 

NEW INFORMATION
---------------

* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Baldwin Central, 
      Baldwin Coastal, Escambia Coastal, Escambia Inland, Mobile 
      Central, Mobile Coastal, Okaloosa Coastal, Okaloosa Inland, 
      Santa Rosa Coastal, and Santa Rosa Inland

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baldwin Central, 
      Baldwin Coastal, Escambia Coastal, Escambia Inland, Mobile 
      Central, Mobile Coastal, Okaloosa Coastal, Okaloosa Inland, 
      Santa Rosa Coastal, and Santa Rosa Inland

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 770 miles southwest of Pensacola FL or about 790 miles 
      southwest of Destin FL
    - 22.4N 95.7W
    - Storm Intensity 35 mph
    - Movement North or 355 degrees at 8 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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At 10:00 AM CDT, Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen will move northeast
across the western Gulf of Mexico toward the north central gulf today
and Friday. Maximum sustained winds around and east of Pensacola Beach
are expected to be in the 35-45 mph range with gusts up to 65 mph Friday
afternoon and Friday night. West of Pensacola Beach, maximum sustained
winds west of Pensacola Beach are expected to be in the 25-40 mph with
gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

Heavy rainfall will also be possible along and east of I-65 with
rainfall totals forecast between 2 and 4 inches, with isolated higher
amounts possible.

A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect with inundation of 1 to 2 feet
expected at the time of high tide on both early Friday and Saturday
mornings. A High Surf Advisory also in effect with breaker heights up
to 5 to 7 feet developing tomorrow afternoon along area beaches and
enduring into early Saturday afternoon.

Prepare now for damaging winds, minor coastal flooding, strong rip
currents and heavy rainfall across locations in the Tropical Storm
areas.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
-----------------

* WIND:
Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across
the coastal sections of southwest Alabama and the western Florida
Panhandle. Potential impacts in this area include:
    - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored 
      mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
    - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or 
      uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are 
      shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban 
      or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on 
      bridges and other elevated roadways.
    - Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible 
limited impacts along and east of I-65. Potential 
impacts include:
    - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. 
      Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen 
      and overflow in spots.
    - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually 
      vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water 
      occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage 
      areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become 
      near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge 
      closures. 

Elsewhere across portions of southwest Alabama...northwest 
Florida...south central Alabama...and inland southeast Mississippi., 
little to no impact is anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large 
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or 
on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of 
strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets 
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes 
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather 
warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For the latest detailed evacuation and shelter information...please 
refer to your local emergency management agency at the phone number 
or website listed below.
- Coastal Alabama:
- Baldwin County: 251-972-6807 or 
www.baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA
- Mobile County: 251-460-8000 or www.mcema.net
- Northwest Florida:
- Escambia County: 850-471-6400 or bereadyescambia.com
- Santa Rosa County: 850-983-5360 www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency
- Okaloosa County: 850-651-7150 or www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/home
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Mobile AL around 4 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.

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