Tropical storms moving into the area today

Published 11:00 am Friday, June 18, 2021

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into the area today as Tropical Disturbance 3 moves toward the Gulf Coast.

Heavy rainfall and windy conditions are expected to develop along the Central Gulf Coast on Friday before spreading over the Southeast on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A broad area of low pressure over the Gulf of Mexico continues to become better organized.

This system is expected to move generally to the north, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the west-central Gulf of Mexico on early Friday. As a result, the National Hurricane Center has indicated a Tropical Storm Warning across portions of the Central Gulf Coast.

For Lincoln County and surrounding areas, especially to the south, a chance of showers begins Friday afternoon between 1-2 p.m., then increasing chances across the afternoon to about 40% with a high near 89. Winds of 5-10 mph will have gusts as high as 2 mph.

Showers are likely in the early Saturday morning hours after midnight with wind gusts up to 35 mph. A 60% chance of rain makes accumulation of ¼-1/2 inch possible.

An 80% chance of showers and storms is expected after 10 a.m. Saturday with 10-15 mph winds and gusts up to 25 mph.

Chance of rain drops to 50% overnight Saturday and continuing throughout Sunday.

Temps Saturday and Sunday will be in the 80s up to 90.