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Hurricane Warning Issued for Portions of North Central Gulf Coast

(National Hurricane Center Latest Advisory)

As of 10pm, a hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the north central gulf coast from Pascagoula to Destin, Florida.

A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning remain in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River eastward to west of Pascagoula, MS and also from east of Destin, Florida eastward to Indian Pass, Florida.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the northern gulf coast from Grand Isle to the mouth of the Pearl River including the city of New Orleans and Lake Ponchartrain and also from Indian Pass, Florida eastward to Steinhatchee River, Florida.

At 10pm, the center of tropical storm Arlene was located near latitude 27.1 north, longitude 86.1 west or 230 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 245 miles south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida.

Arlene is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph and this general motion, along with some fluctuations in forward speed, is expected until landfall occurs. On this track, the center of Arlene will be approaching the northern gulf coast Saturday afternoon or evening. Arlene remains a large tropical storm and most of the associated rain and winds will arrive much earlier than the center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70mph, with higher gusts, and these winds are occurring mainly to the north and east of the center. Some strengthening is forecasted during the next 12 to 18 hours, and Arlene could become a category one hurricane on Saturday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles mainly to the north and east of the center. The minimum central pressure reported by NOAA aircraft was 989mb, 29.21 inches.

Arlene is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches along and to the east of the forecast track across Florida, the southeast, the Appalachians, the Tennessee and Ohio Valley. Isolated maximum amounts of up to 12 inches are possible along the eastern gulf coast.

Coastal storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Water levels are currently about one foot above normal tide levels along the northern gulf coast.

Isolated tornadoes could occur over portions of the western Florida peninsula and the western Florida Keys tonight and Saturday morning.

The next complete advisory will be at 3am. Stay tuned to WAFB for the latest developments on Arlene.

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