In the NHC's warning for Sixteen, the centre warned further strengthening is expected before the storm moves over the southeastern US. It is projected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle.
The National Weather Service office in New Orleans said Thursday morning the biggest impact for the Mississippi Coast is likely to be strong winds with scattered rain showers. Its outer edges earlier brought heavy rain to portions of southern Mexico.
Cantrell said on Twitter that officials were working to remove the cranes ahead of the arrival of tropical-storm-force winds, and there will be a larger temporary evacuation zone when the controlled demolition is scheduled.
The weather service said areas south of Interstate 10 have the greatest chance of seeing minimal tropical storm force winds and wind gusts.
Minor coastal flooding will be possible on Friday and Saturday mornings around the time of high tide.
Grand Isle, La.to the mouth of the Pearl River are also under Tropical Storm Warnings. This part of the Florida coast tends to trap and funnel water inland during approaching storms. By tomorrow afternoon, the weather in the Panhandle should improve with the higher winds and heaviest rain moving on to Georgia and the Carolinas.
Hurricane season officially started in July this year with Hurricane Barry and will end in November, and the last few storms of the season are now gathering strength.
The latest prediction shows the system could strengthen later Friday.
Kottlowski said Jacksonville's potential position in the northeast quadrant of the system Friday night will increase the chances of tornadoes. Cloudy during the early evening, then clearing, with a low around 56. CSU's women's soccer match against USC Aiken has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m.at the Walden Soccer Complex.
In their latest advisory, they said: "Octave is moving toward the west near 3 miles per hour (6 km/h)".
The remainder of next week looks to keep highs in the mid to upper 60s and lows in the 40s to low 50s.