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WEATHER ALERT: TD # 16 Forming

At 11 am Thursday, Potential TD # 16 was located near 22.4 North, 95.7 West, and was moving north at 8 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour.  TD # 16 is expected to become a tropical or subtropical storm sometime on Thursday.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the Florida panhandle westward to the Alabama/Mississippi border and for portions of coastal Louisiana.  A tropical storm watch is in effect from the eastern portion of the Florida panhandle to the Big Bend area.  And a storm surge watch is in effect as far south as Clearwater, Florida.
TD # 16 will speed up and begin affecting portions of the Gulf coast on Friday.  People there should expect tropical storm conditions, including flooding rains and storm surge.
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.