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.