Tropical storm warnings were issued on Thursday, October 17, as Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen approaches the Gulf Coast and is expected to intensify into a tropical or subtropical storm later on Thursday. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Ochlockonee River in Florida, near Tallahassee, and Louisiana's southeastern coast from Grand Isle to the Pearl River. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach (Florida state).
As of 13:00 (local time) on Thursday, the system was located at approximately 22.6°N, 95.5°W (map here) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph (35 mph). The disturbance is moving north at 11 kph (7 mph) and is expected to continue northeast and pass near Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama states' southern coasts on the night of Friday, October 18, before potentially making landfall over northwest Florida in the early morning on Saturday, October 19. The storm is expected to bring strong winds and rainfall totals of 5-10 cm (2-4 in) to the Gulf Coast, with up to 12 cm (5 in) of rainfall possible in isolated areas. Officials have also warned of potential storm surge and flooding in the abovementioned areas.
Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are possible in areas forecast to be affected by the system over the coming days.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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