Western counties of Panhandle under severe thunderstorm watch

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in the Florida Panhandle until 4 p.m. today.

The Mobile office of the National Weather Service says a few strong storms are possible this afternoon ahead of a cold front sweeping through the area.

The storms may bring heavy rains and will likely increase the chance of rip currents, the weather service said.

At 12:20 p.m. weather radar showed a line of heavy rain over coastal Mississippi and the Mississippi River delta moving rapidly east. A few scattered showers were moving ashore near Pensacola.

Rain chances are 70 percent this afternoon and tonight.

The forecast for tomorrow was for diminishing chances of rain, with clear skies through Monday. Lows will be in the mid-60s with highs in the lower 80s.

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