Be Aware: Thunderstorm system expected by Saturday afternoon

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The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms as the most severe weather approaches from the west.

Staff Report

The Emerald Coast is in line to experience thunderstorm activity by the early afternoon hours Saturday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms as the most severe weather approaches from the west. The long, slow-moving weather system will continue to threaten in the evening with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms overnight.

Accuweather is reporting Saturday morning that residents should be aware that possible downpours associated with today’s expected wet weather could drop several inches of rain and spark localized flooding.

Locally, Accuweather added, damaging winds could accompany the strongest thunderstorms in the area, causing minor tree damage and sporadic power outages.

Motorists should avoid flood-prone areas and drive on elevated interstates if at all possible. Slower speeds will be necessary on highways due to the increased risk of hydroplaning.

Airline passengers may face more delays than normal at the major hubs.

While the stormy weather has a strong chance to create issues, it will give the area a break from the 90-plus degree heat and high humidity the Emerald Coast has been experiencing.

Sunday is expected to be a nice day with just a 20 percent chance of precipitation as this approaching weather system is expected to have moved through Florida.

The temperature on Sunday will return to the low 90s, but lower humidity is expected.

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