TROPICAL STORM UPDATES: Walton County BCC calls emergency meeting to discuss looming Karen

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

The storm could bring 4 to 8 inches of rain to the area, according to a forecast from Weather Underground hurricane analyst Jeff Masters.

11:10 a.m. -- Karen's winds are now up to 65 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

1:36 p.m. --  According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Birmingham office, a hurricane watch is now in effect for the Northern Gulf Coast Region. There is an onset of tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) possible late Friday night offshore and Saturday morning on the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coasts. Tropical Storm Karen has the following potential impacts:

•Heavy Rainfall:  3 to 5 inches with localized 6 to 8 inches Friday through Sunday.

Mostly flooding of poor drainage areas and smaller stream basins.  Large river basins right now would see minor flooding at worst…mainly south of Highway 84.  

Areas of potential concern Shoal Creek, Yellow River, Blackwater River, Big Coldwater Creek, Styx River, Fish River.

•Wind Impacts:  40 to 50 mph winds (35 to 45 kts) possible over the marine area late Friday Night into Saturday morning, especially in squalls with bands of thunderstorms.  Tropical storm force winds at the coast Saturday morning.

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