Rains caused by Tropical Storm Beta in the western Gulf of Mexico could bring in torrential rains locally by midweek, but weather-afflicted Florida residents don’t need to prepare for flash floods like Hurricane Sally brought last week.
Light to moderate rain is expected intermittently on Monday and Tuesday, and heavier is expected on Wednesday and Thursday. Cody Lindsay, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, said thunderstorms are possible at the end of next week.
“It appears to be an unstable pattern that continues later this week and into the weekend,” said Lindsay. “There will be a lot of humidity and opportunities for showers and storms intermittently.”
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For people still reeling from the shock of Hurricane Sally and the large amounts of rain that fell over the area, Lindsay said this week’s downpour should not even be near Sally’s levels. The storm dropped more than 20 inches of rain over the Pensacola region, with reports of up to 30 inches in some areas.
Local rivers, for the most part, have already receded slightly, which means that they will be able to absorb the incoming rain and should not be submerged as badly as last week. But minor floods could still occur.
He said: “According to the latest forecasts and the rates of rainfall during the middle of the week, it seems that slight floods in the rivers will continue during the middle of the week, if not until the end of the week.”
Rainfall in Pensacola has totaled between a quarter of an inch to a half of an inch as of Sunday afternoon.
The provinces of Escambia and Santa Rosa can expect to see between 2 to 3 inches of rain by the end of the week, with the possibility of heavy rain in some areas of up to 5 inches. Lindsay said Escambia County can expect slightly more humid weather than Santa Rosa since the humidity moves from west to east.
Lots of rain will come later in the week from Tropical Storm Beta, which is brewing in the western Gulf of Mexico and is expected to mostly affect Texas. Weather patterns will bring some Beta rains eastward, including the western Florida Panhandle.