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Heavy rain expected along Gulf Coast as TD19 moves slowly through the region

Tropical Depression 19 is crossing over the southern tip of Florida this morning and is expected to continue in a WNW direction out into the Gulf of Mexico for the next several days. It should eventually become a tropical storm, most likely named Sally, and is currently expected to make landfall somewhere between Pensacola FL and Lake Charles LA on Tuesday. With the relatively slow forward speed, this system will bring rain of up to 10 inches (and more in a few locations) to some areas near the coast near and to the right of the center of the storm. That includes areas like the western Florida Panhandle, Mobile Bay, and parts of lower Mississippi and eastern Louisiana. The driest areas this week will be in eastern NC and VA, which are farthest from the storm’s circulation.