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Strong storm system to bring unsettled weather from Gulf Coast to Great Lakes through Wednesday

A strong storm system will bring potential for severe weather, heavy rainfall and flooding, and heavy snow from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes through Wednesday. Severe storms are possible Tuesday across the Gulf Coast states with damaging winds as the primary threat, however a tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Flash flooding is also possible across parts of the Southeast through Wednesday.
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Last Update: 1034 PM EST MON DEC 22 2014

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Coastal waters from Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM

Marine Zone Forecast

SEAS ARE PROVIDED AS A RANGE OF THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES...ALONG WITH THE OCCASIONAL HEIGHT OF THE AVERAGE HIGHEST 1/10 OF THE WAVES.


  • Synopsis.WINDS WILL STEADILY INCREASE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS A STRONG COLD FRONT APPROACHES. ADVISORY CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY STARTING LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND LASTING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH IMPROVING CONDITIONS ON THURSDAY. BOATING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME QUITE HAZARDOUS ON WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH SEAS PEAKING AT 8 TO 10 FEET.
  • Tonight Southeast wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet occasionally up to 5 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate chop. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms.
  • Tuesday South wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast around 20 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet occasionally up to 6 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate chop increasing to choppy. Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe.
  • Tuesday Night South wind 20 to 25 knots becoming around 20 knots late. Seas 6 to 8 feet occasionally up to 10 feet. Building to 8 to 10 feet occasionally up to 13 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds. Protected waters choppy to rough. Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe.
  • Wednesday West wind around 20 knots. Seas 7 to 10 feet occasionally up to 13 feet. Dominant period 7 seconds. Protected waters choppy. Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe.
  • Wednesday Night West wind 20 to 25 knots becoming northwest around 20 knots in the late evening. Seas 7 to 9 feet occasionally up to 11 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds. Protected waters rough becoming choppy. A slight chance of showers in the evening.
  • Thursday Northwest wind around 15 knots becoming north around 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 7 feet occasionally up to 9 feet subsiding to 4 to 5 feet in the afternoon. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
  • Thursday Night North wind around 10 knots becoming east in the late evening. Seas 2 to 4 feet occasionally up to 5 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
  • Friday East wind around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
  • Friday Night East wind around 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop. A slight chance of rain.
  • Saturday East wind 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth increasing to a light to moderate chop. A chance of rain.



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Zone Area Forecast for Coastal waters from Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM
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