The Mobile office of the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of the possibility of strong thunderstorms along the Emerald Coast this morning.
The statement indicates the hazard will exist until late morning and that residents should take caution should conditions become threatening.
Here is the text of the statement:
...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...SOUTHERN ESCAMBIA...OKALOOSA...SANTA ROSA AND SOUTHEASTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTIES UNTIL 1100 AM CDT...
At 924 AM CDT, the strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Baker to 7 miles south of Pensacola Beach,and moving east at 15 mph.
Winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with these storms.
Locations impacted include...
Pensacola, Ferry Pass, Brent, West Pensacola, Wright, Fort Walton Beach, Ensley, Warrington, Crestview, Niceville, Destin, Eglin AFB, Pace, Milton, Valparaiso, Gulf Breeze, Goulding, Mary Esther, Bagdad and Ocean City.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.