On Tuesday, rough weather sent tourists scurrying for downtown businesses and eateries while some residents considered seeking shelter.
The Board of County Commissioners kept a watchful eye on the weather radar map during its regular meeting.
Under skies darkened by tropical rumblings in the south, Apalachicola had its rainiest June 20 in recorded history with 4.83 inches of precipitation, breaking the previous record of 4.74 inches set in 2003, according to the National Weather Service.
A waterspout photographed and videotaped south of St. George Island, around mid morning is believed to have briefly made landfall as a tornado in the area of Resort Village inside the Plantation around 11 a.m. No injuries were reported but according to the sheriff’s department six homes and a tennis court were damaged.
Sheriff A. J. Smith said the cyclone appeared to have crossed the island and reformed as a waterspout on the bay.
The area was under a storm warning for several hours on Tuesday and a storm watch resumed on Wednesday morning.
On the whole June 2017 has been damp, with 16 inches of rain so far this month, 12 inches more than average. The weather also remains on the cool side with maximum temperature yesterday 79 degrees; ten degrees below the average of 89 and seven degrees below the maximum this day last year of 86 degrees.
Meteorologists say Tropical Storm Bret’s formation on July 19 in the “main development region” (MDR) of the tropical Atlantic is highly unusual. The MDR sees the vast majority of its activity from August through September.
Bret is the earliest storm documented to have formed in the MDR in 167 years of records, unseating Ana which formed on June 22, 1979.