Monday, August 17, 2009

Florida Panhandle takes Atlantic hurricane season's first hit

Enivronment News Service: The first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season to make landfall in the United States struck the Florida Panhandle early this morning. Tropical Storm Claudette, with maximum sustained winds of about 50 miles per hour, came ashore near Panama City, moving northwest at 12 mph. Claudette is expected to cross the panhandle and move into southern Alabama later today.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for coastal communities of the panhandle and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, forecasting six inches of rainfall for the Florida Panhandle, central and southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia, with some locations getting as much as 10 inches.

Power lines may be knocked out and flooding is possible, the advisory said. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect along coastal counties from the Alabama-Florida border to the Suwannee River.

A storm surge of five feet is forecast for areas along the coast, the Hurricane Center said. The storm tide is expected to produced maximum water levels of three to five feet above ground level along parts of the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend region of Florida….

Claudette Colbert in.... "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1933


Technology said...

Hopefully it gets downgraded before it hits the mainland.

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