A String Of Storms Form In Atlantic, On Track For Florida Panhandle
Claudette Expected To Make Landfall Sunday Evening
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla.
Brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Claudette threatened to bring heavy rain to the Florida Panhandle later Sunday, likely becoming the first tropical storm to strike the U.S. mainland this year.
Areas impacted could see 3 to 5 inches of rain with maximum amounts of 5 inches, CBS station WFOR-TV reported. A coastal storm surge of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels can be expected.
"We may see some heavy rains as a result, but we don't expect any high winds or coastal flooding," said John Dosh, manager of Emergency Management. "This event is a good example of how quickly a tropical storm can develop. We won't always have a lot of warning. This is why citizens need to be prepared throughout hurricane season."