Confidence has increased this morning that Savannah will be impacted by a tropical storm Thursday into Friday. As of 10 am, Tropical Depression 9 was about 415 miles WSW of Tampa, FL and 395 miles SSW of Apalachicola, FL. at latitude 25.6 N and longitude 88.0 W.
As of 11 am Wednesday, the storm was still a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph. Although the storm is currently stationary, it’s expected to continue to track northeast in the next few days.
Later today, further intensification is expected with a turn more toward the north-northeast. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued along portions of the Florida Panhandle, Tropical Storm Watches farther inland in Florida and most of Southeast Georgia, and Flash Flood Watches for parts of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
The storm will likely pass over or close to Savannah late Thursday into early Friday morning. During that time, very heavy rain, strong and even severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes, storm surge of 1-2 feet, and 40-50 mph wind with gusts to 60 mph will be possible.
Rain totals could be as high as 3-5″ near the coast, and near 2″ inland. Slight shifts in the ultimate track could significantly increase or reduce the impacts we will see, but a total miss is looking less and less likely. Stay with Storm Team 3 as we continue to bring you the latest.