Current Situation from FloridaDisaster.org

Numerous Showers and Storms Expected Today in the Panhandle and Big Bend...With Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms Expected Elsewhere...Some Storms Could Produce Heavy Downpours, Gusty Winds and Frequent Lightning...Heat Index Values In The 100-105 Degree Range For Many Areas Of The Peninsula...Moderate Risk of Rip Currents Along Panhandle beaches...Tropical Cyclone Activity Not Expected Over the Next Five Days...

Updated 8:50 A.M. EDT Tuesday

A weak low pressure over the north central Gulf of Mexico will bring an 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms for the Florida Panhandle and areas west of Tallahassee. There is a 30-40% chance of showers and thunderstorms for the Peninsula this afternoon due to the onshore winds triggering storms along the sea breezes. Some storms may become severe, with the main threats being frequent lightning, heavy downpours, small hail, and 60 mph winds.

Otherwise, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be around 5-15 mph in most areas. Tonight expect a 30-400% chance of showers and thunderstorms along the coast.

High temperatures will range from the upper 80s in South Florida and the Keys to the lower to mid 90s in North and Central Florida. Heat index values are forecast to be in the 100-105 range for many areas of the Peninsula, with locally higher values possible. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. To stay safe from heat related illnesses, limit strenuous outdoor activities, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade as much as possible. NEVER leave children, persons with disabilities or pets in a car without an adult. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The phrase “Look Before You Lock” could save lives.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for Panhandle beaches. A low risk of rip currents is expected for all other beaches in Florida today. Rip currents can still occur on low risk days. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and to always swim within sight of a lifeguard.

Tropical cyclone activity is not expected within the next 5 days. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.

Florida's ESF-18 is committed to engaging the private sector in disaster response.

The State’s response effort is initiated through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), which is comprised of Governor-appointed Emergency Coordination Officers (ECO) from State agencies and volunteer organizations. Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization integrates disaster response with private sector organizations. ESF 18 coordinates local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance for the private sector. Further, ESF 18 works with business and industry to identify available resources to meet the needs of the State and its citizens.

Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.

Mission of SERT and the Florida Division of Emergency Management