People should stay alert to the latest on the storm's strength and projected track.
"It doesn't make a difference if it's tropical or subtropical, it will still cause a pretty good surge into Appalachicola Bay", said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. Since soils across the southeast are dry, the risk of flash flooding will be confined to the immediate coast where heavier rainfall is possible.
Keep in mind that this is all subject to change and that Hurricane Hunters have not even investigated the system.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Ochlockonee River, Florida, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River. It won't be like Hurricane Michael previous year, but coastal flooding is still expected. "While it could end up near where Michael made landfall last October, there are zero indications that this will intensify much". Highs on Monday and Tuesday will be the warmest of the week in the low 70s and overnight lows in the 50s.
The weather service said that the storm will be moving relative quickly, which means the flooding potential will be more limited. "Areas north of Tampa, west of Orlando and up into Jacksonville should be on alert".
Forecasters expect blustery winds and heavy rain in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, reaching the Carolinas and Virginia by Sunday.
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially has its fourteenth named storm.
The latest prediction shows the system could strengthen later Friday.
"The system has been moving eastward during the past couple of hours, but is expected to resume a track to the northeast near 12 mph (19 km/h) later today".
Currently, Manatee County is located outside of the predicted area of impact for tropical storm conditions and storm surge, but gale warnings and high surf advisories are in effect for Manatee County as of Friday morning.
Cantrell said on Twitter that officials were working to remove the cranes ahead of the arrival of tropical-storm-force winds, and there will be a larger temporary evacuation zone when the controlled demolition is scheduled. The key wild card is the extent to which it interacts with an area of low pressure approaching from the west.
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