Tropical Storm

A tropical depression is likely to form in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but the latest forecast trends may keep the worst of the weather west of the state.

Regardless of its exact track, 1 to 3 inches of rain may fall by Thursday in places along the immediate Gulf coast from near Fort Myers to Pensacola. Nearby seas will also grow unsettled, with minor coastal flooding and a high risk of rip currents expected.

Florida Pine Snake
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As heavy rain continues throughout parts of the Florida Panhandle, state wildlife officials are asking area residents to be careful of some reptiles that may appear due to flooding.

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make its way into the Gulf of Mexico this week. It's the 10th named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
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Heavy rain is falling this morning along the I-95 corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach, thanks to an approaching tropical wave. The system is expected to cross the Florida Keys later today, and has been named Tropical Storm Gordon.

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Florida wildlife officials are continuing to monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin and its impact on sea turtle nests across the state. The storm destroyed several hundred nests, but officials say Floridians can help.

Tourist Drowns During Colin

Jun 8, 2016
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A tourist at St. George Island drowned during Tropical Storm Colin earlier this week. A sheriff deputy found Sandra Gnezda receiving CPR from a first responder and emergency medical services at 7:02 p.m. on Monday, June 6, according to the police report.

For the past 10 years, there’s been a system in place allowing Floridians to register their contact information in case of an emergency situation. And, as residents continue to prepare for hurricane season, officials are stressing the importance of enrolling in that program.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging delegates visiting the Tampa area for the Republican National Convention to be very cautious about venturing around as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches.  Scott, at a news conference Sunday,  said officials are already responding to minor power outages in South Florida but a big concern is in the Panhandle because that area is still saturated from Tropical Storm Debby in July.

Flooded road
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Debby has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and she continues her slow, eastward trek across Northern and Central Florida. The storm is bringing flash floods and the threat of tornadoes to major cities like Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. After Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, many areas have been drenched for days by torrential rains. And rivers continue to rise and displace people from their homes.

Leon Co. Opens Storm Shelter As Debby Drenches Panhandle

Jun 25, 2012
Sign that reads "Shelter"
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Leon Co. residents who need to evacuate from their homes can take shelter at the Florida State University High School, located at 3000 School House Road off of Capital Circle Southeast.

Flash flood warnings and mandatory evacuations continue as Tropical Storm Debby churns just off the coast of Florida’s Big Bend. Fla. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency, and the National Weather Service predicts the Panhandle won’t see any relief from wet weather for at least two more days.

Leon Co. Gives Four Families New Homes

Jun 19, 2012
Virginia Lamb
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Four Leon County families now have new homes after their old ones were damaged by Tropical Storm Fay in 2008. County officials handed over keys to the homeowners at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

Emily Gerrell was living here, at the Greenwood Park Mobile Home Estates in Southeast Tallahassee, in 2008 when Tropical Storm Fay hit.

“The water was gushing in the back door," she says.

The flood left black mold in the walls and carpet of her home. But today, she’s seeing her brand new home for the first time.