Stormy weather could bring flooding, emergency officials warn

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Near Backyard Burger in Destin.

SHANNON BOSS TAYLOR / Special to the Daily News
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 05:10 PM.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has warned that Northwest Florida faces risks from heavy rain and flooding into next week.

“Two storm systems moving across the Southeast will bring heavy amounts of rainfall and widespread potential for flooding in the Florida Panhandle,” Emergency Management Meteorologist Brad Schaaf said in a news release.

Some areas could see from 4 to 8 inches of rain through Tuesday. Damaging wind gusts could accompany the storms.

The National Weather Service also has issued flash flood watches for Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Escambia, Washington, Bay, Holmes and Calhoun counties through Saturday.

Rivers in the region also could flood, the news release warned. The Choctawhatchee River near Bruce in Walton County already was at minor flood stage Thursday.

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