Bay County Update 11am cdt

SOUTHPORT, FL – Bay County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning, according to the National Hurricane Center, and the intensity of Hurricane Nate is increasing. The storm is now expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, though the track of the storm has not changed. The National Weather Service (NWS) is “very confident” that landfall will occur near the Mississippi/Louisiana line.

Anticipated effects for Bay County include: tropical storm-strength (39mph) wind gustsbeginning later this afternoon, from 4-8 p.m. Wind gusts will increase after midnight tonight, according to the NWS. Because the storm is traveling at 26 miles per hour, expected rainfall for Bay County has decreased to 1 to 2 inches. High tides this afternoon and early Sunday morning may be 2-4 feet higher than normal. Bay County residents should be prepared for thunderstorms with a slight chance of tornadoes.

The Bay County Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor Hurricane Nate and will declare a local State of Emergency and open shelters if necessary, though at this time, we do not anticipate a need to do so. No bridge closures are expected for this event.

To sign up for emergency notifications, please visit www.AlertBay.org. Follow Bay County, Florida Emergency Services on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

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