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Marco downgraded to a tropical storm, brings rain to the Big Bend

Posted at 11:06 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 08:20:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Marco has weakened into a Tropical Storm is being torn apart by strong upper level winds from the southwest, which is displacing the bulk of it's moisture toward the FL Panhandle. It's been bringing parts of the coastal Big Bend heavy rain since yesterday.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for Wakulla, Liberty, and Franklin County until Monday at 2:00 p.m. Some areas in the western Big Bend could see an additional 4-6" of rain through Monday.

A series of hurricane and storm surge watches and warnings are in effect for the Louisiana coast as Marco is projected to reach these areas by Monday.

The center of Marco is to the southwest of Tallahassee. The storm has peak winds of 50 mph and is expected to make landfall in Louisiana on either late Monday or early Tuesday.

It's forecast to gradually weaken up until landfall late tonight or early tomorrow morning near southern Louisiana. Marco is looking like a shell of what it once was, and likely won't get any stronger.

It's a reminder that the peak of hurricane season is upon us so it's important to have your readiness plan in place.

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