Florida Peninsula Panhandle Storm Impacts
Florida faces contrasting outcomes as a storm approaches, delineating between the Florida Peninsula and the Panhandle.
Anticipate heavy rain starting Saturday, predominantly affecting Florida Peninsula Panhandle Storm Impacts. The Weather Prediction Center forecasts a Level 2 risk of excessive rainfall for the Peninsula and a Level 1 risk for the Panhandle. South Florida, especially, faces flash flooding risks with continued soggy conditions till week’s end.
Accompanying the heavy rain, expect gusty winds peaking Saturday evening, potentially reaching 30 to 40 mph across the Peninsula, leading to coastal flooding along the Gulf Coast. Additionally, severe thunderstorms might spawn tornadoes, though uncertainty surrounds this forecast.
By Sunday, the storm moves northeast, potentially causing heavy rain and strong winds along the Southeast coast, extending the threat of flash floods to Georgia and the Carolinas. The Northeast might experience stormy conditions if the storm progresses along the coast.
Scenario 2: Florida Panhandle
While less probable than the first scenario, models hint at the storm directly targeting the Panhandle on Saturday, intensifying rainfall and placing southern Georgia and Alabama at higher risk. Coastal impacts could expand along Florida’s Gulf Coast, prompting rough seas and rip currents.
The storm’s more western track concentrates Saturday’s strongest winds in the Panhandle, potentially causing coastal flooding from South Florida to the Big Bend region. As the storm moves northward, it may bring heavy rain inland, affecting the Carolinas but with lesser intensity.
Regardless of the storm’s final trajectory, Monday forecasts predict widespread rain across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.