Tropical Storm Sally swirls off SW Florida coast
As of 11 PM Saturday, Tropical Storm Sally is just offshore of SW Florida! Sally currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH, with storm movement to the west/northwest at 8 MPH.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for coastal areas and offshore of Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties.
Below are some expected impacts from Sally.
The main threat from this system is going to be heavy rain and the potential for localized flooding, especially considering some areas near the coast already dealt with flooding issues earlier this week due to heavy rain from thunderstorms. This additional rain could aggravate those areas that already have saturated soils, so we may see some localized street flooding yet again, particularly for areas with poorer drainage.
So, a Flood Watch is in effect for all of Southwest Florida.
A landfall at hurricane intensity is forecast midweek next week along the north-central Gulf Coast. Everyone from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle must closely monitor the progress of Nineteen.
Elsewhere, the tropics are very busy, but none of the other disturbances pose any imminent threats to Southwest Florida.