Northwest Florida is likely looking at a third day of stormy weather.
According to the latest forecast, showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage across our area later this morning and continue into the afternoon, according to an email from Patrick Maddox, Okaloosa County’s director of public safety.
A few storms may become strong to severe with locally heavy rainfall. Here is a summary of what we're expecting:
WHAT: A Marginal Risk for severe thunderstorms
WHEN and WHERE:
A few strong to severe storms will be possible over the entire region, mainly from around 9 a.m. this morning to 6 p.m. this evening. This is the time of year when airmass-thunderstorms can produce severe weather with very little warning. As the storms collapse they produce microbursts which hit the ground, fan out and are capable of producing straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph.
PRIMARY THREATS: Damaging wind gusts to 60 mph and frequent lightning. A couple of rotating storms will be possible. While a brief tornado cannot be entirely ruled out, the overall tornado threat currently appears to be very low.
In addition to these threats, some areas could see localized flooding, primarily in low-lying and poor drainage areas, due to periods of intense rainfall in stronger storms.