Weather Alerts for Bay County

Issued by the National Weather Service

Rip Current Statement  RIP CURRENT STATEMENT   Rip Current Statement
BAY COUNTY

Areas Affected:
Coastal Bay - South Walton
Effective: Thu, 5/24 9:42am Updated: Thu, 5/24 8:00pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Fri, 5/25 4:00am Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK ALONG WALTON AND BAY COUNTY BEACHES
TODAY...
.Onshore winds and surf heights 1 to 2 feet will result in a high
risk for life threatening rip currents today.
...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a High Rip
Current Risk, which is in effect through late tonight.
* SURF HEIGHT...1 to 2 feet.

Information:
There is a high risk of rip currents.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the
sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties
and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and
signs.
If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help. Remain
calm, do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.

Hydrologic Outlook  HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK   Hydrologic Outlook
BAY COUNTY

Areas Affected:
Calhoun - Central Walton - Coastal Bay - Coastal Dixie - Coastal Franklin - Coastal Gulf - Coastal Jefferson - Coastal Taylor - Coastal Wakulla - Gadsden - Holmes - Inland Bay - Inland Dixie - Inland Franklin - Inland Gulf - Inland Jefferson - Inland Taylor - Inland Wakulla - Jackson - Lafayette - Leon - Liberty - Madison - North Walton - South Walton - Washington
Effective: Thu, 5/24 7:31pm Updated: Thu, 5/24 8:00pm Urgency: Future
Expires: Fri, 5/25 1:00pm Severity: Unknown Certainty: Possible

 
Details:
...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND AND INTO
NEXT WEEK...
A tropical disturbance across the Northwest Caribbean is expected
to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and approach the
Northern Gulf Coast late this weekend. Regardless of whether this
system develops into a tropical system, heavy rainfall is expected
to overspread the region this weekend.
Over the last couple of weeks, rainfall has been well above
normal, and while this has ended drought conditions across the
region, the excessive rainfall has resulted in rivers rising above
base levels and soils becoming more saturated. As a result, the
potential for flash flooding has increased as has the threat of
river flooding.
Through Saturday, typical afternoon summertime thunderstorms are
expected, which may produce brief heavy rainfall in some
locations. However, by Sunday as the tropical disturbance
approaches the region, the potential for widespread heavy rainfall
will increase.
At this time, widespread rainfall totals of 5 to 7 inches are
expected across the region with isolated heavier totals possible
through Tuesday. This rain will be capable of causing flash
flooding, especially if occurring over a short period of time.
Additionally, the greatest potential for river flooding in this
event is across river basins already running above normal, which
include the Flint River, Chattahoochee River, Apalachicola River,
Choctawhatchee River, and Pea River.
The latest rainfall forecasts suggest that minor flooding is
possible on these rivers as early as Monday. Should heavier
rainfall amounts occur, more significant river flooding would be
possible.
A flood watch may be issued for portions of the area later this
weekend.
Stay alert through the weekend for any watches or warnings for
this heavy rainfall event. For an assessment of current and future
hydrologic information in the Tallahassee area of responsibility,
visit our website at www.weather.gov/tallahassee and click on the
rivers and lakes link.