TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties late Monday because of Hurricane Sally, which could bring heavy rains to the western Panhandle.

Sally isn’t expected to make landfall in Florida, but the system’s track in the Gulf of Mexico has moved a little to the east, bringing more tropical-storm force winds into the state.

“We do see a potential for the storm to really slow down and stall out, and that could dump up to 25 inches of rain into those northwest Florida counties,” DeSantis said.

One of five named systems currently being tracked, Sally is the only system posing a threat to Florida.

A storm-surge warning was extended Monday afternoon east to the border of Okaloosa and Walton counties, with a hurricane warning extended east to Navarre in Santa Rosa County.

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