Thursday, September 11, 2008

Coastal Ike Warning for Panhandle Florida

Although Hurricane Ike is headed for a landfall in Texas, NOAA has issued weather warnings for coastal Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties in the Florida panhandle and along the Alabama coast.

Wind warning:
AS HURRICANE IKE CHURNS WESTERLY THROUGH THE CENTRAL GULF THE OUTER FRINGES OF ITS WIND FIELD WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE COASTAL SECTIONS TODAY. EASTERLY WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE LATER THIS MORNING... ATTAINING SPEEDS OF 20 TO 30 MILES AN HOUR WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 40 MPH OVER THE COASTAL SECTIONS. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN UP OVERNIGHT... DIMINISHING DURING THE DAY FRIDAY.

Coastal Flood Warning:
AS IKE MOVES ACROSS THE GULF... LARGE SWELLS WILL PROPAGATE NORTHWARD AND IMPACT THE GULF COASTAL BEACHES OF ALABAMA AND THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE THROUGH FRIDAY. EASTERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE LATER TONIGHT AND BECOME SOUTHEAST ON THURSDAY. THE COMBINATION OF THE LARGE SWELLS AND STRONG WINDS TAKING ON A MORE ONSHORE DIRECTION WILL RESULT IN TIDES SEVERAL FEET ABOVE PREDICTED LEVELS AND THE POTENTIAL OF COASTAL FLOODING.
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TOTAL TIDE HEIGHT OF 2 TO 4 FEET WILL CAUSE STORM WATER RUN UP FROM FORT MORGAN TO ORANGE BEACH. OVER THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE... THESE TIDAL HEIGHTS WILL BRING WATER ACROSS PARTS OF PENSACOLA BEACH AND FORT PICKENS. IN OKALOOSA COUNTY... OKALOOSA ISLAND AND HOLIDAY ISLE WILL ALSO BE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.


Parts of Dauphin Island and the long Highway 90 bridge over Mobile Bay also are expected to experience flooding.

1 comment:

Bryan said...

It's eating the beach on the east end of the island and I expect US 98 to get covered again.

We got our first weather at 3:45PM yesterday with a band of thunderstorms.

It is larger than Katrina this morning.