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TROPICS WATCH: The low pressure system off the East Coast looked pretty healthy Monday morning and it was designated Invest 97L by the National Hurricane Center. But forecasters’ earlier analysis that there was “a slight chance for significant organization to occur” was shifted in the 8 a.m. outlook to “significant development of this system is now unlikely.”
Nevertheless, they were giving the system a 10 percent chance of becoming a depression, or Tropical Storm Chantal, as it moves toward the northeast 200 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia. It was no threat to the U.S. in any case, although some of the forecast models have been showing 97L spinning out into the open Atlantic and then making a turn toward the southeast.
It was the only tropical game in town on Monday — forecast models were showing nothing else in the Atlantic over the next seven to 10 days.
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WAY TOO MUCH WATER: Ongoing flooding in Levy County and Dixie County in the northwest peninsula has taken a toll, with as many as 30 roads closed due to high water and schools closed in Dixie County, according to WCJB Gainesville.
Cedar Key School was also closed on Monday.
Seven inches of rain fell in Cross City in one hour, WUFT Florida Public Radio reported. Ten to 12 inches were reported in western Dixie County, and seven people were rescued from flood waters. Forty-five homes were flooded and a shelter was set up for those forced to evacuate.
“Rain will significantly drop off today and we may even see some sun,” Levy County Emergency Management officials said on the agency’s Facebook page Monday. “Significant flooding is still happening throughout the county and several roads are still flooded.”
“If you are stuck in your home and have no way of getting out, please call us at 352-486-5155 or 352-486-5111. If you experience an emergency, please call 911.”
RECORD WATCH: Unusually balmy nights have taken hold in the Keys. Key West tied a record warm low Sunday with 85, matching the mark last set in 2014. Marathon’s low of 84 tied a record warm low set in 2017.